We're always getting spoiled by the number of notable new bars that pop up in Chicago. These are the recently opened bars making big blips on our radars.
Photo via Facebook/Twisted Hippo
2925 W. Montrose Ave. - Albany Park
Twisted Hippo now has its first brewpub in Albany Park and the spot is a perfect match for the local craft brewer’s quirky, colorful brand. In addition to more than a dozen beers on tap, the Hippo headquarters serves cocktails and food of the typical bar menu variety (think burgers, sandwiches and mac & cheese). The husband-wife owners also borrow the European practices of optional tipping and more inclusive prices that help pay for better staff wages and benefits. Cheers to that!
Photo via Facebook/Young American
2545 N. Kedzie Ave. - Logan Square
Young American is Logan Square’s newest Instagram-friendly bar. CBD-infused cocktails, bar snacks like “Goth Bread” (made with activated charcoal) and a sidewalk patio coming in the summer make this bar a must-visit.
Photo via Facebook/The Bamboo Room
435 N. Clark St. - River North
As if Three Dots And A Dash wasn’t already good enough, the popular River North tiki bar recently converted its private event space into a bar within a bar. The Bamboo Room elevates the rum bar experience even further—offering drinkers more personal interactions with bar staff experts and guided experiences and tasting of rum from around the world.
Photo via Facebook/Lucky Strike Social Wrigley
1027 W. Addison St. - Lakeview
Wrigleyville’s answer to the “social club” bar trend is Lucky Strike Social. Choose between bowling, arcade games like pop-a-shot and giant Pacman, ping pong, billiards and more games to fill an entire day or evening with. We expect the massive 30,000-square-foot space will be very packed throughout Cubs season.
Photo via Facebook/JoJo's Milk Bar
23 W. Hubbard St. - River North
JoJo’s Milk Bar is a much needed new summer option for drinkers and anyone in search of an alcohol-free experience. The cute River North storefront offers extravagant milkshakes and ice cream treats sure to make your social media followers jealous. You can add booze to any of the shakes and enjoy a full cocktail and house-made shot menu. That’s not all though. JoJo’s also offers a food menu full of diner-style treats like a pot pie, fried chicken sandwich and buffalo wings.
Photo via Facebook/Stone Fox
5721 N. Clark St. - Edgewater
The food at Stone Fox is nothing to skip over but it’s the bar program at this North Side newcomer that really causing a stir. The cocktails, including a frozen Paloma that’s basically made for Chicago summers, tips its hat to the classic. Original takes on the Old Fashioned, Mai Tai, Highball and more leave our mouths watering.
Photo via LaLunaChicago.com
1726 S. Racine Ave. - Pilsen
La Luna's colorful, beautifully crafted cocktails, can't-resist tacos and energizing atmosphere make for a great stop after a long day shopping along 18th Street or before hitting a show at Thalia Hall!