BARTENDERS' GUIDE

Experience a bar at 4am (and 5am on the weekends). Not many cities have a late license to serve alcohol and it’s some of the best people watching.
— Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room
Photograph courtesy of Avec

Photograph courtesy of Avec

EAT & DRINK

Clark Street Ale House

"I love coming here for drink after 2am. A lot of late night bars succeed merely based on the fact that they are open. Not Clark Street -- it's just a great bar where fine scotches and rare beers abound, and there's usually some dogs hanging out."
FED Pro > Bartender Graham Heubach of Sportsman Club

Open until 4am, 5am on weekends
742 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60654
T: 312.642.9253 | clarkstreetalehouse.com

Photograph courtesy of Celeste

Photograph courtesy of Celeste

Celeste

"Because you can get something a little more sophisticated here in the late hour."
FED Pro > Freddie Sarkis of Broken Shaker Chicago

Open until 4am, 5am on weekends
111 West Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60654
T: 312.828.9000 | 
www.celestechicago.com

Bijan's Bistro

"They serve until 4am and are putting out awesome quality stuff all night long."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturday
663 North State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
T: 312.202.1904
 www.bijansbistrochicago.com

"Like being inside a well-lit wine box." | Photograph courtesy of Avec

"Like being inside a well-lit wine box." | Photograph courtesy of Avec

Avec

"They go pretty late serving some of the best food available at any hour. It's like being inside a well-lit wine box. The food is pan-Mediterranean, as are the wines. It's hard to beat the value."
FED Pro > Bartender Graham Heubach of Sportsman Club

Open until 12am, 2am on weekends
615 West Randolph Street, Chicago, IL 60661
T: 312.377.2002 | avecrestaurant.com

Dublin Bar & Grill

"This spot is such a late night gem. The kitchen cranks until the last possible minute and they feed you for sure. I've spent many nights here and it's always a blast."
FED Pro > Bartender Graham Heubach of Sportsman Club

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturday
1050 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60610
T: 312.266.6340

Photographs courtesy of Arturo's Tacos

Photographs courtesy of Arturo's Tacos

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Arturo's Tacos

"What a scene, especially if you go late. I mean, fights, sloppy make-out sessions, feasting - this place has it all. Great people watching too."
FED Pro > Bartender Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw

"I very much live the vampire life and have spent plenty of time eating at Arturo's."
FED Pro > Bartender Patrick Smith of The Violet Hour

Open 24 Hours
2001 N Western Avenue, Chicago, IL
T: 773.772.4944 | www.arturos-tacos.com


EAT

Coyote

"Coyote is open all night and is for great Mexican food. After a long Saturday night shift, I'll end up here grabbing a chicharón huarache on the way home."
FED Pro > Bartender Graham Heubach of Sportsman Club

Open 24 hours
1451 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
T: 312.243.8550

Photograph courtesy of Hollywood Gril

Photograph courtesy of Hollywood Gril

Hollywood Grill

"I'm all about the diners at this hour. Usually people are on their worst behavior and you won't be judged. This is great late night spot and they do breakfast like nobody's business."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room

Open 24 Hours
601 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
T: 773.395.1818 | 
www.hollywood-grill.com

Late Night Thai

"This is always great, but don't go too spicy. The next morning you will thank me for that."
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room

Open until 4am
1624 West Belmont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60657
T: 773.327.9945 | www.latenightthai.net

Diner Grill

"My ultimate guilty pleasure is the 24-hour Diner Grill. Ordering the Slinger (their famed dish of hash browns, two cheeseburger patties, grilled onions, covered with chili, topped with two sunny-side up eggs, and served with a side of toast) after a long night of work or drinking is high on my list of favorite things."
FED Pro > Bartender Patrick Smith of The Violet Hour

Open 24 Hours
1635 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL 60613
T: 773.248.2030


DRINK

"Experience a bar at 4am (and 5am on the weekends). Not many cities have a late license to serve alcohol and it's some of the best people watching happens at these hours. These are my top five." 
FED Pro > Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room

Photograph courtesy of Estelle's

Photograph courtesy of Estelle's

Estelle's

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturday
2013 W North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
T: 773.782.0450 | estelleschicago.com

Exit

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturdays
1315 W. North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60642
T: 773.395.7250 | 
www.exit-chicago.com

The Flat Iron

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturdays
1565 N Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
T: 773.365.9000 | theflatironchicago.com

Continental Lounge

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturday
2801 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
T: 773.292.1200

The Owl

Open until 4am, 5am on Saturday
2521 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
T: 773.235.5300 | 
owlbarchicago.com


Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of The Tack Room

ABOUT THE TACK ROOM: "We are located inside the historic Thalia Hall property in the Pilsen neighborhood. This space was John Duseks' old house stable. We have cleaned it up and put in a bar, a piano, and a killer cocktail menu."

WHAT TO ORDER: "Pony up to the bar (see what I did there?) and order a Tack Room Buck made with bourbon, carrot ginger beer, lemon, and mint over crushed ice."

Open until 2am
1227 West 18th Street, Chicago, IL 60608
T: 312.526.3851
dusekschicago.com/tack-room

Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room

Bartender Dustin Drankiewicz of the Tack Room


Bartender Graham Heubach of Sportsman Club

ON SPORTSMAN CLUB: "We are a neighborhood bar in every sense of the word. The 'original' Sportsman's Club occupied this space for decades, becoming the sort of dark & dive-y bar you walk past, but never go in. We've kept the familiar corner bar vibe but added modern comforts and amenities."

WHAT TO ORDER: "Start with a shot from the Amaro Machine, a pseudo-Solera system of any number of bitter old-world liqueurs. It's always changing, but it's a great aperitivo or digestivo. Enjoy it with an ice-cold can of Hamm's."

Open until 2am
948 North Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
T:  872.206.8054 | drinkingandgathering.com


Bartender Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw

Bartender Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw

Danny Shapiro of Scofflaw

ABOUT SCOFFLAW:  "We take inspiration from the classics, but adapt to the demands of the modern palate. The bar itself can get pretty busy and loud, but there are various nooks you can escape to."

WHAT TO ORDER: "Start with a gin cocktail, order a side of fries and maybe a shot of Malort. If you can time your night right, you'll be lucky enough to enjoy a warm, freshly baked chocolate chip cookie at midnight."

Open until 2am
3201 West Armitage Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647
T: 773.252.9700 | www.scofflawchicago.com


Freddie Sarkis of Broken Shaker Chicago

ABOUT BROKEN SHAKER: "We use preserved fruit by way of shrubs and tinctures, keep our flavors darker and serve warm drinks in the winter."

WHAT TO ORDER: "Try something that might seem adventurous. Artichoke-infused gins, fish sauce, or beef-infused bitters. Take a bit of a risk with us and we'll show you something amazing."

Open until 2am
19 E Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611
T: 312.940.3699 | 
thefreehand.com/chicago

 


Patrick Smith of The Violet Hour

ABOUT THE VIOLE HOUR: "This James Beard Award-wining cocktail bar is the first in Chicago to really set the par for great cocktails."

WHAT TO ORDER: "An Old Fashioned -- despite the fact that it's many bartenders drink of choice, it's the truest to form example of a cocktail."

Open until 2am, 3am on Saturdays
1520 N Damen Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
PT: 773.252.1500
theviolethour.com


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