River North’s Best Cocktail Bars

When you’re looking for an expertly mixed cocktail, few neighborhoods boast the swankiness and expert craftsmanship like River North. Seek out new and innovative twists in atmospheres that are second to none in this famously posh area.

Sable Kitchen & Bar

via Flickr user Tom Ipri

via Flickr user Tom Ipri

Located in the Hotel Palomar and serving classic cocktails taken to the next level, Sable Kitchen & Bar is effortlessly chic. The bitters are house-made, drinks are created with local juices and herbs, and the menu is so extensive it requires a table of contents.

You can find Sable Kitchen & Bar at 505 N State St.

Berkshire Room

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via Flickr user opacity

This intimate spot channels an old-school lounge feel. It serves glamorous gourmet snacks like bison tartare and carpaccio, and the drink menu is spectacular, separated into three sections: cocktails, barrel-aged cocktails, and mix-your-own (you make a few choices and the bartender does the rest).

You can find the Berkshire Room at 15 E Ohio St.

The Drifter

via The Green Door Tavern

via The Green Door Tavern

This intimate space tucked away under Green Door Tavern was once a real speakeasy. Besides a rotating cocktail menu cleverly doled out on tarot cards, you’ll be privy to burlesque shows and musical performances—a modern-day moulin rouge of sorts!

You can find The Drifter at 676 N Orleans St.

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