Best Mezcal Cocktails in Chicago

April 3, 2015
by Zagat Staff

Where to find the best cocktails made out of this underrated smoky liquor in Chicago.

The Bristol
American · Bucktown · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.3

A Bucktown "treasure" , this "hip" New American spot offers "rustic yet gourmet" plates that take "casual dining up two notches" through local sourcing and "modern twists" ; a "comfortable" , brick-walled space and "attentive" servers enhance its appeal, as do "well-constructed" cocktails which some say might be "the best part."
Big Star
Wicker Park · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.0 · Service 3.7

A "garage turned honky-tonk taco shack" , Paul Kahan’s "Wicker Park institution" boasts a "party atmosphere" fueled by "loud vinyl" , "to-die-for" tacos and a "ferocious spirits selection" , not to mention "killer margaritas" ; factor in "low prices" and a "popular" patio with an "outdoor fiesta" –vibe and it’s no wonder it "can be hard to find a table" , but a walk-up window offers an "easy" take-out fix.
Takito Kitchen
Latin American · Ukrainian Village · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.1

"Tasty" "exotic" tacos headline a menu of "creative" Mexican offerings at this Ukrainian Village joint also offering "standout" cocktails plus aguas frescas and loads of tequila; though some find it "pricey for the portions" , the rustic-industrial space is "perfect for happy hour, big group dinners or a fun date night."
Sable Kitchen & Bar
American · River North · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.3

"Inventive" , "fun-to-share" American plates "just click" at this River North hang in the Hotel Palomar where "killer" cocktails fuel a "high-energy" bar scene in "luxe" surrounds; it's a "bit pricey" for some who find it "just OK" given the "hype" , but most conclude "there's little room for disappointment here."