Chicago’s hotel scene boasts some of the best bars in the city. Here are five worth checking into.
Streeterville Social atop the Loews Chicago offers pétanque, croquet, and giant Jenga.
Best Bar for Practicing Your French The terrace of the Gold Coast’s luxe Le Bar beckons Francophiles with a “je ne sais quoi” vibe ideal for sipping cocktails like the French Mule, a bubbly riff on the classic with St-Germain and Champagne. Round out your rendezvous with Gallic bites like escargots, truffle frites, and a oui-worthy plate of house-made cheese. Sofitel, 20 E. Chestnut St., 312-324-4000
...for Feeling Like A Kid Again With pétanque, croquet, and giant Jenga, festivities abound at Streeterville Social, a 9,000-square-foot rooftop newcomer. Between rounds, head to one of the bars for tiki-inspired creations like the Streeterville Mai Tai. Loews Chicago Hotel, 455 N. Park Dr., Third Fl., 877-868-8232
...for Audiophiles On Wednesdays, the tucked-away tavern Fox Bar hosts BYOV, encouraging folks to bring their own vinyl, so long as it fits the genre (Johnny Cash and Wu-Tang welcome). Soho House, 113–125 N. Green St., 312-521-8000
...for Cutting-Edge Cocktails Come to the second outpost of Miami-based concept The Broken Shaker for its quirky concoctions, from Cocoa Puff old-fashioneds and banana rum Manhattans to Chicago-centric creations like The Godmother, a mezcal-meets-roasted corn dram inspired by a tamale hot dog from the South Side. Freehand Hotel/Hostel, 19 E. Ohio St., 312-940-3699
...for a Nightcap The turndown service at the Loop’s Hotel Allegro gets boozy with the nightcap program at Bar Allegro, an invitation for guests to swing by the bar for their pre-sleep sip of choice. If you’re not a hotel guest, don’t fret: Between the classic cocktail riffs, candied bacon, and to-go growler service, sleep will come just as easily. Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., 312-325-7120