When I see Noelle we drink more than we eat (and sometimes we do a lot of both).
So for our week in Chicago I put our where-to-drink agenda in her hands. And this is where we wound up:
The Office for an Old Fashioned, my go-to drink…
…and a generous pour of sherry (that glass o_O)
A peek into the ice room…
…where they make 30 different types of ice for the cocktails.
And upstairs to The Aviary…
…where we started with Ford’s Model Tea Party.
Bergamont, blood orange pu’erh, mandarin, and gin.
A heady bite of A5 wagyu Wellington…
…followed by Insane in The Membrillo. Quince, ginger, almond, oloroso, and gin.
And there was Glögg!
Muddled, orange, port, aquavit, and cognac.
We found Saturday Cartoons at Drumbar inside the Raffaello Hotel. Cinnamon Toast Crunch-infused rum, averna, amaro, demerara, a whole egg, and angostura bitters. Boozy dessert.
And at Sable, matcha cocktails with black grouse, benedictine, matcha syrup, and a whole egg.
Nearby at The Purple Pig we traded in cocktails for heady Italian reds and deep fried salt and vinegar tendon chips…
…and a giant midnight brioche stuffed with ricotta and chocolate. Also deep fried.
A little tiki-style at Three Dots and a Dash. Mai Tais! Pina Coladas! They even have cocktails named after the Halekulani and Hilton Hawaiian Village.
If I could only return to one cocktail bar? The Violet Hour. For a fine Old Fashioned…
…and fries laced with herbs and served with lemon aioli. So crisp!
Pullman toast smeared with chicken liver pate, blackberry jam, and pickled red onions.
And a juicy Toulouse sausage. Brioche bun with Boursin and onion jam ^_^