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Straddling the best of both worlds, Spilt Milk is a legit neighborhood corner tavern that’s manned by a ragtag team of legit boozeheads: Equal Parts Hospitality (featuring alumni from Bar DeVille, The J. Parker and Nico Osteria) and Footman Hospitality (Bangers & Lace). With an impossibly long and beautifully refurbished mahogany bar, both the decor and drinks conjure up a time when medicinal tipples were served over the counter. The tidy menu features a handful of bizarre yet approachable cocktails, rounded out with a nice list of beer and wine, and the sound system is surprisingly tight. Due to the William Morris wallpaper or the milk glass lighting (or both), it’s rather dark in here. Embrace it.

THE DRINK TO DRINK: The Sarsaparilla Sazerac, made with bourbon, marsala sarsaparilla syrup, teapot bitters, almond crème and the requisite wash of Germain-Robin absinthe

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Before you get too tipsy, check out the Instagram-worthy milk jug mural on the side of the building.

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2758 W. Fullerton Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647