The 11 Best New Bars in Chicago: Late Winter 2018
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The 11 Best New Bars in Chicago: Late Winter 2018

Sprinkled throughout Chicagoland, the Windy City’s newest crop of watering holes is as diverse as its cultural roots. There are classic-cocktail dens, rowdy pubs pushing picklebacks, lounges experimenting with modern mixology, and timeless Midwestern taverns. Anything goes in this town, so keep your options open: Pick one of these 11 new spots and see where the night takes you.—Lauren Viera

*Bars are listed alphabetically.

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1.  Apogee

If you’re seeking proof that “craft cocktails” have jumped the shark, head to the 26th floor rooftop bar of Dana Hotel…
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2.  Beatnik

Though this place could get by on aesthetics alone, Beatnik’s drinks are as luscious as its bohemian décor. Derived by Liz…
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3.  Deadbolt

One of the more tasteful reduxes, Deadbolt moved into the former Two Way Lounge space last winter, transforming an infamously seedy…
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4.  Income Tax

The city’s best new wine bar isn’t a wine bar. It’s a cozy Andersonville tavern whose menu reads like a greatest…
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5.  Larry’s

Tucked off the lobby of hipster residential building The Lawrence House, Larry’s touts itself as a modern dive bar, serving its…
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6.  Leviathan

One of a flurry of new bars with Benjamin Schiller at the helm (The Sixth, Apogee), Leviathan is an ode to…
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7.  Lonesome Rose

Forever in the making, Lonesome Rose is the latest from Land and Sea Dept. (Lost Lake, Parson’s Chicken & Fish) and…
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8.  The Moonlighter

Of all the bars that have opened in Logan Square over the past handful of years, this is the only one…
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9.  The Pink Squirrel

There’s a lot to love at the new spot from Dustin Drankiewicz (Moneygun, Dusek’s), whose south-side Milwaukee roots have inspired one…
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10.  Prairie School

Jim Meehan’s long-awaited new bar is a stunning ode to Frank Lloyd Wright, the famous 19th-century architect with whom Meehan shares…
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11.  Todos Santos

Formerly known as simply Quiote’s basement bar, Todos Santos came into its own in October 2017, around the same time the…
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