When the name Grant Achatz is attached to anything, people flock. The Aviary, a James Beard–winning, three-Michelin-starred chef’s upscale cocktail lounge in Chicago’s Fulton Market, is no exception. Next to Achatz’s changing-concept restaurant, Next, The Aviary has had the likes of Charles Joly, who was named the world’s best bartender in 2014, oversee the cocktailing. That task now falls to beverage director Micah Melton, who started as the Aviary’s ice chef (yes, that’s a thing here). The Aviary and its intimate, coveted subterranean speakeasy, The Office, draw for their eclectic collection of rare spirits, which includes vintage, pre-embargo Havana Club Cuban rum from the 1930s, and intricate cocktails that balance sweet and savory.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Get the $29 Jungle Bird, a riff on the ’70s classic from, coincidentally, the Kuala Lumpur bar The Aviary. This is served layered Pousse Café-style with pineapple, Campari and various rums, including rum that’s been spherified.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
You can book out The Office for private parties up to 26 people by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or through theaviary.com’s reservation system.