ARBELLA The sister cocktail bar to Peruvian hit Tanta takes you on an adventure around the world simply by sipping from its expansive drink menu. The Tempo Bello, a grapefruit-infused Negroni, instantly transports us to a sunny day in Florence, Italy, while the aptly named Chicago Fire Extinguisher (a blend of scotch, Luxardo Amaro Abano and smoked Angostura bitters) seems perfect for a cozy winter night. Open Su-M 5 pm-midnight; Tu-F 5 pm-2 am; Sa 5 pm-3 am. www.arbellachicago.com 112 W. Grand Ave., 312.846.6654. El: Red to Grand BEAUTY BAR This West Town beauty salon/dive bar offers a nightly $10 martini/manicure special, plus live DJs every night. Open Su 9 pm-2 am; M-F 7 pm-2 am; Sa 7 pm-3 am. www.thebeautybar.com 1444 W. Chicago Ave., 312.226.8828. Bus: 66 to Bishop IO GODFREY With southern-facing views of River North, a retractable roof and sultry food and cocktails, The Godfrey’s resident bar and restaurant for all-day dining brings the outdoors in. Multiple lounge areas—including a fire-pit banquette and umbrella-covered booths—ensure there’s plenty of room to chill, listen to music and sample cocktails. Open M-F 2 pm-2 am; Sa 11 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www.thegodfreychicago.com 127 W. Huron St., Fourth Floor, 312.374.1830. El: Brown Line to Chicago SCOFFLAW This “gin-focused” cocktail bar in Logan Square serves up inspired libations, as well as a weekly martini/martinez special. The selection of craft gins includes Death’s Door, Corsair and the locally sourced North Shore No. 11. Night owls won’t want to miss the free homemade cookies served at midnight. Open M-F 5 pm-2 am; Sa 11 am-3 am; Su 11 am-2 am. www.scofflawchicago.com 3201 W. Armitage Ave., 773.252.9700. Bus: 73 to Kedzie STUDIO PARIS There’s a reason it’s notoriously difficult to get into River North’s Studio Paris—it’s one of Chicago’s hottest places to see and be seen. The beautiful crowd flocks to grab a booth and bottle service while the best DJs play into the early morning. We practically guarantee celeb-spotting. Open W-F 9 pm-2 am; Sa 9 pm-3 am. www.studioparisnightclub.com 59 W. Hubbard St. 2nd Floor, 312.377.9944. THE AVIARY Adjacent to Next, this cocktail lounge by Grant Achatz boasts a lush vibe, delicious bites and an innovative drink menu—standouts include the Blueberry and the Popcorn. You’ll also find classics like sidecars, martinis and daiquiris. For a special experience, book the kitchen table for the seven-course cocktail and food tasting menu. Open Su-W 5 pm-midnight; Th-F 5 pm-2 am; Sa 5 pm-3 am. www.theaviary.com 955 W. Fulton Market, 312.226.0868. Bus: 8 to Fulton THE HEAVY FEATHER Logan Square’s The Slippery Slope has an upstairs neighbor, The Heavy Feather, a throwback ‘70s fern bar. Patrons lounge in blue velvet office chairs at the woodpaneled bar, sipping on retro favorites, like amaretto sours, with a modern twist. Open M-Th, Sa 7 pm-2 am; F 7 pm-3 am. www.heavyfeatherchicago.com 2357 N.
Milwaukee Ave. 2nd Floor., 773.799.8504. El: Blue to California