The Best New Bars In Chicago

If there's one thing Chicagoans will never turn down it's another place to drink. 

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/Fort Willow

Fort Willow

1721 N. Elston Ave. - Bucktown

It's no surprise that word of Fort Willow's excellence has been slow to spread. It sits on a quiet street and opened almost wordlessly in early 2018. It's safe to say the secret's out now though. The treehouse-themed bar comes complete with a tree swing. Its smattering of diverse, well-crafted cocktails and daily specials makes it a good place for drinks. Or you can order a combination of the small plates on the menu and make a dinner out of it. Don't miss out on the crispy rock shrimp. 

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Eris Brewery & Cider House

4240 W. Irving Park Rd. - Irving Park

Northside cider drinkers have a new reason to celebrate. Eris is the city's first cider taproom and it doesn't disappoint. Obviously, the house ciders are at the forefront of the Eris experience, but the brewery also produces a number of house beers and has a kitchen to boot. 

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Sleeping Village

3734 W. Belmont Ave. - Avondale

This welcome addition to the Avondale neighborhood checks all the boxes needed to create a successful bar: 56 beer and cider taps, coffee and tea for daytime hangs, a spacious patio for the summer and even a 300+-capacity music venue space! Needless to say, it didn't take long for this new space from the team behind The Whistler to catch on. 

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Punch Bowl Social

310 N. Green St. - West Loop

Where was this place when we were planning our last birthday? Chicago proper finally has its own Punch Bowl Social location. The popular concept originated in Denver and has built an all-encompassing playground for plain, simple fun. The bar and restaurant also offers karaoke, bowling, an arcade, virtual reality games and more. It's almost too much to work in on one evening. Guess you'll just have to keep coming back for more...

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Maillard Tavern

494 N. Milwaukee Ave. - River West

The folks at Piccolo Sogno opened a diner-style tavern across the street from their original restaurant earlier this year and proved Italian isn't the only thing they can do well. The humble spot fits perfectly on the crux of Milwaukee, Grand and Halsted and boosts the sometimes sparse happy hour options in the River West area. Oh, and there are boozy milkshakes. You're already on your way, aren't you?

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The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club

1750 N. Milwaukee Ave. - Logan Square

Shuffleboard is one of those games you tend to forget how much you love until you're back on the court. Luckily, there are ten of them at Royal Palms—plus one on the roof—so you'll soon be reminded how fun it can be. Even if you're not feeling competitive, the hip, Florida-by-way-of-Brooklyn feel of this bar makes it a fun spot to be a spectator, too. 

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Flight Club

111 W. Wacker Dr. - The Loop

First, it was arcade bars. Then ping pong bars came along. Now, we're welcoming a new type of game-dedicated watering hole to Chicago. Flight Club is making darts a more social sport than ever. The concept originated in London and brought its English style to the Chicago location along with an interior that one-ups the dive bar we're used to playing darts at. We don't mind the cocktails and snacks to nosh on between throws either.  

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Marz Community Brewing Taproom

3630 S. Iron St. - Bridgeport

We've been enjoying Marz beers around town for a while but it's nice to be able to visit the brewery at its home base now. Marz's taproom champions the same sense of community its co-founder  Ed Marszewski has fostered with his other ventures Maria's Packaged Goods, Kimski and Lumpen Radio. Stop by after a Sox game and meet some new friends. 

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Hotel Zachary

3630 N. Clark St. - Lakeview

It's a whole new ballgame in Wrigleyville this year. Hotel Zachary is open for business bringing with it a slew of new drinking options including cocktail-centric Mordecai, a new West Town Bakery location with a liquor license, Big Star's behemoth-sized patio and craft beer galore at Lucky Dorr. 

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Ludlow Liquors

2959 N. California Ave. - Avondale

Two of the minds behind Sportsmans Club in Ukrainian Village and Estereo in Logan Square broke out on their own earlier this year to create a new venture that continues the tradition of top-notch cocktails and comfortable, never stuffy atmosphere. This time around though they've added in the addition of a permanent food installation, Old Habits, offering Asian-inspired bites and meaty treats like rib tips. 

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Chicago Brewhouse

318 N. Wabash - Riverwalk

Chicago's ever-expanding Riverwalk has a new home for local beer. Chicago Brewhouse is an homage to the city's craft beer scene, offering Goose Island, Moody Tongue, Half Acre and more well-known brewers in the area, plus smaller operations like Forbidden Root and Finch's. It also offers a food menu repping Chicago's various neighborhoods. The "Devon Ave" is an order of chicken tikka masala and asking for the "Taylor Street" will get you an order of mini Italian beef sliders. 

Need more new places to try out? Check our list of the best new restaurants in Chicago!