Billy Sunday was one of the first craft cocktail bars to open in Logan Square, and it’s not shy about its place in the pecking order. Drinks are practically designed to feature an ingredient you’ve never heard of, which is where the informed bar staff comes in handy. This is, after all, the spot that popularized ambergris as a drink ingredient. The bar’s long-awaited follow-up, Mordecai, opened in Wrigleyville in spring 2018.
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.