News News/Local River North

Underground cocktail bars

601 N. State St. 312-266-4932
Walk toward the back of Pops for Champagne and head downstairs to this beer- and spirits-centric parlor where the drinks all hail from within or near the Great Lakes region. Signature cocktails and craft beers are the stars, but don't overlook the menu of small bar plates served until late night.

116 W. Hubbard St. 312-329-9960
Prohibition-era cocktails are the focus at this sultry subterranean lounge located eight floors below sibling nightclub NV Penthouse Lounge. Old fashioneds, Clover Clubs and other classics join a menu of Asian-leaning bites.

Charcoal Bar
702 N. Wells St. 312-988-7864
This intimate, dark grey-dominated cocktail lair below Sumi Robata Bar generated quite a stir when it opened in January. Expect Japanese ingredients and delicate flavors on the menu, but don't hesitate to ask the capable bartender to mix you a personalized creation.

Double A
108 W. Kinzie St. 312-329-9555
Below Mercadito's high-energy dining room, groups can tuck into leather banquettes and order up customizable cocktails or signature drinks in this 60-person lounge.

Library at Gilt Bar
230 W. Kinzie St. 312-464-9544
Pass through Gilt Bar to enter Library, the swank lower-level lounge formerly called Curio. Brocade wallpaper, leather books and tufted red velvet booths add a hefty dose of luxury to a night of craft cocktails and an abbreviated menu of Gilt Bar dishes.

Coming soon: Three Dots and a Dash
435 N Clark St.
Americana and barbecue are the dynamic duo at Bub City, but it's all tiki all the time at basement lounge sibling Three Dots and a Dash, due to open any day now. Helming the bar at this long-awaited hot spot is former Whistler bartender Paul McGee, who puts a contemporary spin on traditional tiki staples.

Copyright © 2015, RedEye
Related Content
  • Downtown rooftop hop
    Downtown rooftop hop

    Nurse a cocktail and soak up the view at River North's rooftop bars

  • April Fools' Day news you can trust. (No, really.)
    April Fools' Day news you can trust. (No, really.)

    April Fools' Day should really be April Bull's Day with all of the fake news crawling across the Internet and social media. The Tribune is compiling the silliness here so you have plenty of fodder for workday procrastination.

  • What does the future hold for 'Mad Men'?
    What does the future hold for 'Mad Men'?

    When “Mad Men” premiered, our fresh-faced characters had just entered the 1960s. Doctors insisted smoking was cool, President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in office and no one batted an eye at someone spanking a secretary, but plenty has happened since then. The first half of Season 7...

  • Brothers charged with intimidating police at Chicago courthouse

    Two brothers are charged with intimidating two police officers this week at the Cook County courthouse on Chicago's Southwest Side, authorities said.

  • McDonald's raising its minimum wage
    McDonald's raising its minimum wage

    McDonald's plans to raise starting wages by $1 above the local minimum at its company-owned U.S. restaurants and adjust pay for existing employees, just some of the changes the company is announcing after more than two years of union-backed protests regarding the pay of its workers and those...

  • Construction ongoing at Wrigley Field
    Construction ongoing at Wrigley Field

    From bleachers to structural details, work to renovate Wrigley Field continues as the home opener nears on April 5.