Cheers: The Haute 5 Local Bars in Chicago

There’s no shortage of nightlife in Chicago and depending on your mood, alcohol barometer and neighborhood it’s hard to narrow down all the choices. Here are some local hot spots that should help discern where a girl can stay classy and fabulous.

Old Town Social

I’d been looking for a new go-to spot ever since English started going down the tubes (RIP lollypop martini) and thankfully, Old Town Social was able to fill the gap as the upscale, but chill pretty people spot with great drinks. From food to fabulosity, this is the place to manhunt, ladies.

455 W. North Ave. 312.266.2277.

The Violet Hour

Love it or hate it, Chicagoans are obsessed with what’s beyond the plush curtains at the Violet Hour. The lux lounge speakeasy is one of my favorite date spots with the sexy setting and killer cocktails. Good for a night out where you want to actually be able to hear your company next to the steamy fireplace.

1520 N. Damen Ave. 773.252.1500.

Bull & Bear

This upscale sports bar with taps in the tables and gorgeous girls circling has one of the best new summer patios. Make it your ideal spot to catch the game action…whether that means on tv or your own baller action.

431 N. Wells. 312.527.5973.

Stone Lotus

The self-proclaimed “liquor spa” creates a posh ambiance that is exotic and tranquil, with inspirations drawn from Asia and nature that allow you to get your groove on in peace.

873 N. Orleans, 312.440.9680.


If you want to see and be seen and dance the night away, swanky, celebrity infested Manor’s your best bet. Party in this rocking mansion withe the rest of the coiffed Chicago crowd and hit their other establishments, Stay or Rino for even more late night action.

642 N. Clark. 312.475.1390