Billy Sunday was one of the first craft cocktail bars to open in Logan Square—a neighborhood that has since become synonymous with the trend—and it’s not shy about its place in the pecking order. Drinks on the notoriously aristocratic menu are practically designed to feature an ingredient you’ve never heard of, which is where the geeky bar staff comes in handy. This is, after all, the spot that popularized ambergris as a drink ingredient.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Wet your whistle with the Old Fashioned (fairly standard, finished with a touch of rhubarb), or go all in with something weird.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: The bar is one of a handful run by chef Matthias Merges, who has a penchant for all things Japanese. In other words, don’t shy away from the sake.