12/19/2012 12:08:00 PM

Chicago's 10 Hottest Bar Openings of 2012

Drinking our way through Chicago is a tough job, but someone has to do it. With our livers on the line, we have made our way from basement cocktail lounges to sanctuaries of arcade games and craft beer, all in the name of research. 2012 has been good to our fair city in terms of libations. We are proud to raise a glass to the hottest bar openings of the year. Cheers to the top 10, and to all those to come next year.


  1. Not to single you out, but man do I hate when people use "speakeasy" to mean "any dimly-lit bar with old-timey decor that makes craft and retro cocktails". FFS!

  2. Crafted Cocktails are over bearing and you cannot taste the liquor. I'm tired of people telling me what to drink!
    You pay $18.00 for something you can’t make at home and really do not like.
    Get rid of the scientists and bring back real bartenders