Opened back in 2010 with Mike Ryan at its helm, Sable is one of the few cocktail lounges worth braving River North’s nightlife scene. Its tome-like menu was replaced last year by a cheeky nod to the El. (The Brown Line, for example, features largely brown and stirred drinks, while the Metropolitan Line focuses on modern, global ones.) But the bar’s homage to its talented staff remains intact. Each signature cocktail (and there are many) is credited, so you can drink your way to your favorite mixologist.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: Because the menu is constantly changing, follow the bartenders’ lead. They’re rarely wrong.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Sable is part of Kimpton Hotel Palomar and features hotel bar prices ($14 cocktails). Same for the food, which is worth ordering if you’re hungry.