When it comes to cocktails, our Jayne Weddings team knows what’s up! While it was so difficult choosing from our extensive list of favorites, we eventually landed on 4 cocktails from our very favorite bars in Chicago and we want to share them with you!
One cocktail that will remain on our list forever is La Paloma from Big Star. Known for it’s “garage party” vibe, Big Star is the perfect hangout to grab some cheap tacos and incredible cocktails. Now, if you don’t frequent Big Star you should know that their all around best seller is the Classic Margarita. While also an incredible cocktail, don’t let it distract you from La Paloma. La Paloma is an unexpected twist to a classic marg—the blend of Lunazul Blanco, lime, and grapefruit gives this cocktail a tart, refreshing, and crisp finish.
Is it possible to create a list of Chicago’s best cocktail spots without naming The Violet Hour? We sure don’t think so. Violet Hour’s mysterious exterior, cozy interior and simple cocktails with a punch will have you adding everything on their menu to your favorites. Violet Hour is known for being difficult to find due to its unmarked door, but you may have better luck looking for their commissioned art pieces on the wall next to their door. Be sure to try the old classic ‘Briar Patch’. It’s been around since 2007 and it doesn’t seem to be leaving anytime soon. The mixture of gin, lemon, and blackberry creates a fruity, floral cocktail masterpiece with a tart finish.
Up next is a place that is part lounge bar and part restaurant: Celeste. The cozy nooks and luxurious, yet approachable menu give this place its charm. Though surrounded by many other bars, Celeste has them beat with its seductive atmosphere and comfy spaces, making it one of our favorites in River North. Our top cocktail pick has to be ‘Thai One On’. We do love our puns, but the combination of whiskey, thai basil, ginger, blueberry, and lemon have us sold. These unusual flavors will have us coming back time and time again.
Source: Lost Lake
We’re rounding out our list with a fun tiki fave: Lost Lake. Heard of it? Located in the corner of Logan on Kedzie and Diversey, it’s definitely worth the visit. Though similar to its brother bar Three Dots & a Dash (actually, Paul McGee ran Three Dots before venturing out to open Lost Lake), there are some striking differences that will convince you to visit if we haven’t already. If you’ve been to Three Dots & a Dash, perhaps you can guess what Lost Lake’s decor will look like: a tiki, neon, leafy heaven (if Jayne Weddings owned a bar, this would be it). This is where the similarities stop as Lost Lake’s list of cocktails is full of deeper, darker tiki cocktails that are a little less accessible, though they do have the signature fruit skewers, crazy straws and umbrellas with each drink. If you’re looking for a single serving cocktail, try Tic-Tac-Taxi. With Aged Multi-Island Rum, Overproof Jamaican Rum, Coconut, Passionfruit and Lime, it’s a perfect combination of strong, sweet, & tropical. If you’re with a group of friends, get a large drink to share (we suggest Ruby Mae’s Second Surfin’ Bird: Reposado Tequila, Mezcal, Ruby Port, Campari, Pineapple, Lime and Passionfruit)! They even provide you with extra long crazy straws that’ll have you feeling like a kid again sip after sip.
Have a favorite of your own? Share it with us, we’re always looking to add new faves to our list!