Friendsgiving is all about spending time with the family you chose, not the one you were born into. So after a day of drinking, eating, drinking, catching up, and drinking with your second family, what do you want? A drink. Get outside the house for a few minutes and grab a cocktail at these bars that are open all weekend for your post-Friendsgiving (and regular Thanksgiving) needs.Read More
Where to Go Out After Friendsgiving
10 Chicago spots to hit for a nightcap on Thanksgiving weekend.
1. Soho House Chicago
Even if you’re not a member of this almost-too-cool social club, there are still plenty of options for drinking. Check out the lofty, airy Allis restaurant, where you can even get a snack if you’re somehow still hungry. There’s also Fox Bar, a British sporting club-inspired bar on the second level, which serves craft cocktails in vintage waterfowl-printed glasses.
2. The Signature Room at the 95th
Whether you’re entertaining out-of-towners or just playing tourist in your own city, there’s no denying that the Signature Room, set atop the John Hancock building, has one of the most impressive views in Chicago. Sip on a Skyscraper cocktail, made with BACARDÍ Superior rum, pineapple, and cranberry, and look out across the frozen tundra that is Illinois in late November.
3. Joy District
Planning on dancing all night? This River North lounge is the place to be. With live DJs, multiple levels, and Asian-inflected drinks like the Emperor’s Downfall, with BACARDÍ 8 year old rum, cinnamon, yuzu, and sparkling wine, you’ll find more than enough to keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning. (Just try to keep it together when you see your grandparents the next day.)
4. Butch McGuire's
There is perhaps no bar more beloved by Chicagoans during the holiday season than Butch McGuire’s. The Division Street dive has been open since 1961, and their gaudy Christmas decorations are part of many a Northsider’s own holiday traditions. Don’t expect anything fancy in the drinks department, but do expect to run into a few people you knew in high school who had the exact same idea.
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5. Public House
This River North sports bar manages to break the mold with a creative food menu and broad selection of house cocktails, like the elderflower and grape-infused Pink Basil, featuring BACARDÍ Superior. Oh, and they do those birthday cake shakes that are blowing up your Instagram as well — just in case you’re still hungry.
6. Roof on the Wit
Perched on top of the Wit hotel, this expansive rooftop space has everything you could want: blacklights, bottle service, and a 3D video mapping wall. Okay, maybe it’s not what everybody wants, but if you’re looking to go hard on Thanksgiving weekend, the Roof will be more than happy to accommodate.
7. Parlor Pizza Bar
Whether you’re at the West Loop or Wicker Park location, you can expect that this popular pizza chain will have not only great pies, but fantastic drinks as well. For a group, the draft cocktails are perfect: They come in pints, pitchers, and punch bowls. The Mother Punch, with BACARDÍ 8 year old rum, strawberry, pineapple, and Angostura bitters, is particularly tasty.
8. Timothy O'Toole's Pub Chicago
This Near North sports bar is best known for its over-the-top food, including the “Big Timmy Challenge” burger — if you finish it, you win a T-shirt! (And lose a little dignity.) But it also has a full bar and plenty of seating so that when your friends invite their friends who are back in town, there will be space for everyone, including that person you were trying to avoid.
This Boystown essential is kicking off Thanksgiving weekend with their Thanks-GAY-ving Eve party on Wednesday night. Come for the Fire Islands (their version of a Long Island iced tea), stay for the dancing, DJs, and drag shows.
10. 90 Miles Cuban Cafe
While the original 90 Miles is BYOB, the Lincolnwood location has upped the ante with a full drink menu of Cuban classics. You really can’t go wrong with anything from the Cuba Libre to the mojito, but if you’re looking for something a bit more off the beaten path, go for a Hemingway daiquiri.