You know how to EAT THIS CITY. With top chefs as tour guides, you’ve learned how to scout out hot spots for breakfast and brunch, where to go for a delicious date night, and how to feast like a local liege in the cities you love. But where do you wash it all down? Do you know how to find the best brewpub? Who makes the meanest of bloody marys and the most sparkling of mimosas? What bars transport you?
You’re about to find out. Welcome to DRINK THIS CITY!
This week we’re drinking in the cocktail culture of Windy City. Get ready to hit the bars of Chicago! Here to show us how it’s done is star bartender Julia Momose of the two Michelin-starred Oriole — a restaurant which hosts intimate 28-seat dinners featuring carefully considered cocktail and wine pairings. Not a drinker? Julia is also a champion for spirit-free (nonalcoholic) cocktail menus, ensuring that every guest feels welcome and cared-for, and that their beverage of choice is every bit as complex and interesting as the high-octane cocktail in the hand of their neighbor.
Clearly passionate about the bar culture of Chicago, Julia–the Jean Banchet Mixologist of the Year 2017, a Food & Wine Best New Mixologist 2016 and Eater Young Gun 2016 — will be opening Kumiko, a Japanese-inspired bar, next spring. Needless to say, Chicago is a place to visit if you love a beautifully-crafted beverage.
“I love Chicago,” Momose says. “I have only been here for few years, and I appreciate that for as competitive as the food and beverage industry is here, it is just as full of genuine people, creating the best drinks and experiences. It is hard for me to only share one place for each of the categories, so I would urge anyone visiting Chicago to use that first stop as a catalyst, and ask the bartender for their recommendations to explore these options further. I am positive that they will not steer you wrong.”
Who’s thirsty? Let’s check out Julia’s ten favorite drinking hot spots in Chicago!
BRUNCH COCKTAIL OR HAIR OF THE DOG
For the combination of a Bloody Mary and Yerba Mate iced tea alongside my favorite hangar steak and eggs. During the warmer months, I love to sit outside and soak up the sun while people watching from the busy West Loop corner.
Nicole and John Manion have with them a staff of wonderfully professional and down to earth people, and whether I sit at the bar or at a table, I feel right at home.