01.18.2012
By Terry Flanagan

City Guide: Go Out in Chicago

In this edition of Markets Media Lifestyle’s City Guide, we explore places to swill and chill in Chicago, from some of the best whiskey cocktails, to where you can snag a bottle of 1987 Vouvray.

Revolution Brewing Commpany has barrel-aged beers…and bacon popcorn.

1. Longman & Eagle. Whiskey, whiskey, whiskey cocktails, more whiskey. This gastropub in Logan Square serves up 38 varieties of whiskey, and if you can’t make up your mind as to which one to have, $3 shots of the stuff are available. Special ┬áhouse whiskey cocktails include a whimsical take on the traditional┬áhot toddy (theirs contains Applejack brandy and the Japanese yuzu instead of the usual lemon), while other house cocktails are made of yellow and green Chartreuse. An extensive beer and wine menu is also on offer, and should you get hungry, their well-turned out Southern dishes are sure to satisfy. Fried chicken and waffles, anyone? 2657 N. Kedzie Ave | longmanandeagle.com

2. Revolution Brewing Company. Owner Jim Cibak has been brewing for nearly two decades, and his special barrel-aging technique is his very own, developed after spending some time in California wine country. With over 35 brews made each year, you’ll be sure to find something you’ll like here. Artisanal takes on traditional bar food are on the menu, ranging from bacon, crispy sage, and parmesan popcorn, applewood-smoked wings, and five different burgers. 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave. | revbrew.com

3. The Publican. Yes, this place is known throughout Chicago for its incredibly delicious food (apparently, brunch is not to be missed here). Take one look at their massive beer list, however, and you may soon forget about the food (for now). Tons of Belgian beers abound, as do varieties from the UK, Finland, Germany, France, and, of course the U.S. Not to be beaten, the spirit list boasts of over 20 varieties of whiskey, as well as several options for gin, tequila (both blanco and anejo), and vodka. 837 W. Fulton Market | thepublicanrestaurant.com

4. Rootstock. This beer and wine bar also happens to serve up exceptional food, from pan-roasted mussels to suckling pig. Hundreds of wines, both still and sparkling, are sourced globally, and rare bottle options include a 1985 Vouvray, a 1987 Riesling, and dozens upon dozens of other choices. A similarly extensive menu of beer–draft, bottled, local, and imported–are also yours for the taking, as are loads of whiskeys, bourbons, cognac, and even Italian Grappa. For those with a sweet tooth, indulging in Rootstock’s sherries, ports, and other dessert wines are a must. 954 North California Ave. | rootstockbar.com

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