It's December in Chicago, which means holiday cocktails are EVERYWHERE.
I wanted to write a big list of the best holiday bars and cocktails, so I reached out for your help on my instagram story -- and you all sent me a TON of awesome suggestions.
The list includes everyone who first recommended each place, as well as any extra tips you sent me.
If you know of any awesome spots that aren't on this list, please add them in the comments below.
And as always, if you enjoy this list, please PIN and SHARE it. I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
Bars That Go All Out
First up: Chicago bars that get WAY into the holiday spirit.
They're decked out from head to toe for the month of December, with decorations and festive drinks to match.
1. CH Distillery
Moose Mug Frozen Eggnog. This is the cocktail that started it all, and my personal contribution to my Chicago Holiday Cocktail list.
CH Distillery goes all out every December, throwing a month-long party called A Cocktail Story (based off of Christmas Vacation).
There's an illustrated, themed cocktail menu with lots of holiday drinks, lots of holiday decor, and lots of fun. These are some of THE coolest holiday cocktails in Chicago.
HOLIDAY COCKTAILS INCLUDE: Frozen Eggnog, a Gingerbread Mule, a Mistletoe Gin & Tonic, and a cocktail for 2 served in a gigantic fortune cookie(!)
SEE THE FULL MENU: A Cocktail Story
NEIGHBORHOOD: West Loop
RECOMMENDED BY: me!
2. Lost Lake
Lost Lake totally transforms itself -- into Sippin Santa's Surf Shack -- for the holidays. There are decorations and little holiday touches EVERYWHERE.
They're offering their typical tropical cocktails with a wintry twist and festive glassware -- and they all look SO EPIC.
3. Butch McGuire's
I can't even get over the decor in here. Go for the decorations; stay for the green Christmas In Your Mouth shots.
HOLIDAY COCKTAILS INCLUDE: Christmas In Your Mouth shots
NEIGHBORHOOD: Gold Coast (Division St.)
FIRST RECOMMENDED BY: @francesca_rose3
5. Simon's Tavern
A bunch of you messaged me about the glögg at Simon's Tavern.
Simon's REALLY celebrates their glögg -- starting with a gigantic, neon, red & green "It's Glögg Time!" sign on their front window.
Glögg is a seasonal drink, served now through February. It's served with gingerbread cookies on top -- and according to @sharbearcooks, it's good luck to break the cookie into 3 pieces. So, break away!