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Cocktail Scene Shakers

February 29, 2016
Hottest New… Bars
We made no secret of our love for tropic-cool cocktailer Broken Shaker – one of the most talked-about bar openings of the last year – but hey, our whims are about as fickle as a Chi-town thermometer in spring. Here come our latest libation faves...
Not in a hotel, but inspired by a hotel, slinky drinker Sparrow (from the team behind Fulton Market bar-diner The Betty) is shaking up the Gold Coast with its 1930s-style Cuban rum cocktails, rotating classics, Euro drops and draft beers. Set in the restored 1927 lobby bar of an Art Deco apartment building, Sparrow seduces with old-school glam (think stuffed peacock and vintage cash register).
Danny Meyer’s elegant, contempo bar-resto GreenRiver is a hands down must for its top tipples, tasty seasonal American morsels and 18th-floor patio, offering killer views of Lake Michigan and Streeterville’s skyscrapers. Cocktails take their cue from Chicago’s Irish heritage. And don’t miss darker leather-clad brother bar Annex.
A fun homage to ‘70s and ‘80s dives, The Heavy Feather (from the Scofflaw team) is a low-lit speakeasy just upstairs from DJ bar Slippery Slope, offering ‘great drinks, good vibes and chairs with wheels on them’. Baffled? Well, there’s only one way to find out what that means!
The latest addition to Pilsen’s historic Thalia Hall – where smash hits Dusek’s and Punch House already reside – piana lounge Tack Room shoots top-shelf liquor in an airy, high-ceilinged, brick-lined space complete with stylish Wild West detailing.
And finally, slick sipster The Sixth is Roots Handmade Pizza’s new neighbour in Lincoln Square; pull up a retro wire chair by the bar for crafty swig and maxi buzz. Chin chin!

Sparrow / 12 W Elm St / +1 312 725 0732 / 4pm-late Mon-Sat /
GreenRiver / 18/F / 259 E Erie St / +1 312 337 0101 / 11.30am-10pm Mon-Fri, 5pm-11pm Sat /
The Heavy Feather / 2/F / 2357 N Milwaukee Ave / +1 773 799 8504 / 7pm-2am daily, till 3am Sat /
Tack Room / 1227 W 18th St / +1 312 526 3851 / 11am-3pm, 5pm-2am Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm, 5pm-2am Sat-Sun, till 3am Sat /
The Sixth / 2200 W Lawrence Ave / +1 773 433 5959 / 5pm-2am daily, till 3am Sat /