8 of the Best Whiskey Bars in Chicago

Oh whiskey. A staple liquor in anyone’s bar cart, and a drink that dates back to the medieval monks from both Ireland and Scotland. Distilled from a mixture of grains like barley, rye and wheat, whiskey comes in many different types – all available in our enchanting Windy City! Whether you’re new to the world of whiskey or just getting introduced to the intricacies and varieties of this spirit, here are 8 of the best whiskey bars in Chicago to enjoy your all-time favorite or discover a new cask.

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2771 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

We started with Delilah’s in Lincoln Park. With over 800 whiskeys from over 15 countries, Delilah’s selection is obviously huge and perfect for beginners and novices alike. With theme nights like punk rock Mondays and rock n’ roll jukebox nights on Fridays and Saturdays, you’re likely to get a little head-shaking over a strong drink.

726 W Grand Ave, Chicago, IL 60654

Looking for a taste of the South without leaving the city? Head over to Rebel & Rye! This southern-themed bar has country music, big TVs for college football (specifically the Gamecocks), and an eclectic selection of the best whiskey. With menus dedicated to Scotch, Bourbon, Rye and “other whiskeys”, you’ll definitely find something to love.

501 N. Ogden Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

With a selection of over 500 whiskeys, it’s no wonder Twisted Spoke is on the list of the best whiskey bars in the city. Outside of the cocktail list, Twisted Spoke also has a delicious brunch and dinner menu that will keep you full while you enjoy that full-bodied drink.

111 W Kinzie St, Chicago, IL 60654

We all thought 2020 was going to mark the resurgence of the Roaring 20s, but instead we got…whatever that was. At Untitled Supper Club, live your Gatsby, Prohibition dreams with tons of different whiskeys and craft cocktails. To accompany your delicious drink, check out the burlesque shows, jazz quartets and other musical guests.

2913 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60657

Do you like Irish food? We promise we won’t make you eat haggis, but Duke of Perth is definitely a place to visit. At Lakeview, the Duke of Perth single malt whiskey roster is substantial, with all options being aged to perfection. Looking for something to accompany your whiskey? Try one of the many British-style beers they have in house! You may be walking home a little crooked, but you’re definitely going to have a good time.

2657 N. Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Eat. To sleep. Whiskey. Longman & Eagle’s tagline is as pure and relaxing as it gets. Not only do they have a great selection of whiskey-based cocktails, Longman & Eagle also has six rooms available for a stay the night. We can’t think of anything better than enjoying a few cocktails (which you don’t have to make yourself) and only having to climb a few stairs to get a good night’s rest. Sign up!

5260 N. Clark St, Chicago, IL 60640

A neighborhood staple, Lady Gregory’s has great food, great drinks, and a great patio in the summer. This traditional Irish pub offers American and international whiskeys that will satisfy any appetite. If you’re looking to splurge on a whiskey you’ve probably never had before, try something from the reserve list.

22 N Clinton St, Chicago, IL 60661

Coffee, toast, whiskey and craft beer. Are you intrigued? We definitely are, and that’s why we love Slightly Toasted. This all day bar combines the best of both worlds, caffeine and alcohol. Touting one of the biggest whiskey selections in town, you can post here with your laptop sipping the perfect latte at 4 and switch right into happy hour mode at 5 – or sooner – we’re certainly not judging.

Featured Image: Untitled Supper Club