I’m not what you’d call a whiskey drinker but every once in awhile circumstances call for nothing else. I recall a particularly chilly day on the wharf in San Francisco and a party where there was a choice between low rent wine and high end whiskey.
Restaurants, lounges and bars in Chicago are now offering up impressive whiskey lists that include everything from the basic Johnny Walker Black Label all the way up to a 1975 bottle of Glenrothes. These locales have something for whiskey connoisseurs and beginners alike:
Bridge House Tavern:
Bridge House includes all your major players, but goes the extra mile with an extended list of intriguing labels from around world.The river-front view adds to the drinking experience. Join Bridge House on Saturday and Sunday mornings for a “Hangover Helper” of epic breakfast proportions: grilled sausage, biscuits and sausage gravy… all topped with bacon. Bridge House Tavern is located at 321 N Clark St – River Level.
Longman & Eagle:
With 38 different whiskey selections on the drink du jour daily, Longman & Eagle encourages tasting. Offering obscure and popular labels alike, L & E invites you to taste until you discover your favorite.For $3 a shot, you’re bound to warm up quickly. Longman & Eagle is located at 2657 N Kedzie Ave.
With a hefty list of Scottish whiskeys separated by Highland, Lowland and Indie bottling, the main focus of Fountainhead is to find a match between food and drink. The food menu is designed around the beverage list so that customers can count on a well-balanced dining experience no matter the combination. Fountainhead is located at 1970 W. Montrose Ave.
Bar on Buena:
The “Whisky Night” drink menu offers nothing but that: whiskey. Offering 20 different flights from the fancy to the familiar, Buena offers whiskey from all over the globe. The “All American” flight serves up Bulleit, Blanton’s and Willet Pot Still, while the “Smooth Jazz” flight lets you sample J.W. Black, Famous Grouse and the Singleton. Bar on Buena is located at 910 W Buena Ave.
Home of the Drink Bible, Lady Gregory’s has over 32 pages of whiskey (in a flight or by the glass). Each libation comes with a description of origin and flavor, leaving no stone unturned. Gods & Fighting Men, a whiskey cocktail features Michael Collins Irish Whiskey, Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, Hum Spiced Spirit, Vermouth and fresh orange. Lady Gregory’s is located at 5260 N Clark St.