Haute Top 5: The Best Outdoor Bars in Chicago

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It’s almost summer, Chicago. Have a drink outdoors, you deserve it.

1 Cabana Club at the Hollander

Think you need to hop on a plane to enjoy a poolside mojito with a view? Not so fast. As of May 7, you'll be able to do it right in Wicker Park, thanks to the new Cabana Club atop The Robey Hotel. This brand new spot features an open-to-the-public pool and 160-seat outdoor deck, plus a 60-seat covered lounge should you need to take a break from the sun.
1616 N. Milwaukee Ave.

2 i|o at the Godfrey

i |o stands for indoor-outdoor, but as long as the weather's nice, we implore the latter. This fourth floor lounge at the Godfrey Hotel serves up small bites and chef-created cocktails with summery names like Watermelon Mojito, Spicy Strawberry, and Pineapple Smash. Celebrating? Go for the al fresco table service.
127 W Huron at LaSalle

3 Cindy's Rooftop at the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel

Cindy's might just have the best rooftop view in all of Chicago. The open terrace overlooks Millennium Park, The Art Institute, and offers views of Lake Michigan and the city skyline. That's not to say the cocktails take a backseat: Violet Hour alum Nandini Khaund mixes up clever cocktails dubbed "potions," "elixirs," and "apothecaries."
12 S Michigan Ave.

4 Drumbar

Drumbar, the swanky space on top of the Hotel Raffaelo, celebrates its fifth anniversary this summer, but its craft cocktails, extensive whisky and spirits selection, with a killer view of its Gold Coast surroundings have yet to get even a little bit old.

5 Parson's Chicken & Fish

This Logan Square eatery serves up some of the best friend chicken in town, but its expansive patio is also the ultimate spot to spend a warm summer day. Grab a refreshing Raddy at the outdoor bar and play a few rounds of ping pong, then as the sun starts to set, head over to the fire pit to warm up while you wait for your dinner reservation.
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