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The New Sipsmiths

October 17, 2016
Hottest New… Crafty Cocktailers

When it comes to the three C’s – Chicago’s Craft Cocktailers – there is a host of new names in town. Glam up and get quaffing!

Eight Bar and Patio – the vampishly gorgeous ground-floor bar of rave-busy steakhouse Maple & Ash – teams hot dogs (bacon-wrapped with foie gras, black truffle and cognac-mustard sauce) with fanciful tipples inspired by Magic 8 Ball responses. Shake the ball and see what hits the bar!

A wall of mirrors serves as a menu sporting cocktail names at Moneygun (from the much-loved Thalia crew), including the Pink Squirrel, a bonkers combo of ice-cream, hazelnut and chocolate liqueurs. Despite the moniker, Moneygun is a cosy affair, with leather stools encircling a convivial bar.

For wood-fired Argentinean tidbits and punchy LatAm quaffs, make for El Che Bar, the new West Loop bar-resto from La Sirena Clandestina’s John Manion. The cocktail list spans pisco, mezcal and cachaça, prepped with smoke, fire and ash effects. Perch at the marble counter overlooking the grill.

Mezcaleria Las Flores is Logan Square’s achingly hip sipper, showcasing the new answer to tequila. Bartender Jay Schroeder knows his agave from his sotol, saving you a trip to Mexico. Blue walls and bar stools keep things colourful, with tables for tucking into tacos.

Mod corner crib Spilt Milk Tavern (from the uber-talented barkeeps behind Sparrow, Lone Wolf and Nico Osteria) teams floral William Morris wallpaper with a 40-foot mahogany bar and milky pendants. It was once a 1920s pharmacy, so drinks playfully riff on that theme. Now that’s our kind of medicine!

Eight Bar and Patio / 8 W Maple St / Near North Side / +1 312 944 8888 / 11am-2am daily /

Moneygun​ / 660 W Lake St / Near West Side / +1 312 600 0600 / 5pm-2am Sun-Fri, 5pm-3am Sat /

El Che Bar / 845 W Washington Blvd / Near West Side / +1 312 265 1130 / 4pm-late daily /

Mezcaleria Las Flores / 3149 W Logan Blvd / West Town / +1 773 278 2215 / 5pm-2am daily /

Spilt Milk Tavern​ / 2758 W Fullerton Ave / West Town / +1 773 413 8440 / 4pm-2am daily /