Now that we've turned back the clocks, darkness falls late in the afternoon. The good news? Happy hour comes much earlier. Whether you desire bubbly, beer, wine, or cocktails, try one of these five bars recommended by chefs and bartenders via our friends at Find. Eat. Drink.
Bartender Craig Schoettler (Aria) comes here if he's “feeling bubbles.” Now in its third decade of popping corks, the bar has nearly 200 labels to choose from. And what goes well with Champagne? Caviar and oysters, of course—and Pops has those, too. 601 N. State St., 312-266-7677
Liquor store meets neighborhood tavern meets beer speakeasy at Maria's, the bar formerly known as Kaplan’s that's been everything from a butcher shop to a grocery store. Maria Marszewski bought it in the '80s, but left it untouched; now her sons, Ed and Mike, have transformed it into a hipster haven. Chef Bill Kim (Urbanbelly, bellyQ, Belly Shack) comes for the craft beer. 960 W. 31st St., 773-890-0588
Chef Curtis Duffy (Grace) recommends this spot for its ambiance and its international wine list, which is "probably 3,000 deep," he says. "It’s a darkly lit wine bar [with] candles, and the music is not too loud.” Webster's also has beer, cider, and fortified wines for cocktails and digestifs. 1480 W. Webster Ave., 773-868-0608
Chicago's Chef Paul Kahan heads to this 1930s Nordic-centric neighborhood tavern—a former Scandinavian hunting club—on cold days. “The best part about it is there’s a seat in the front, so you can sit in the window and peek out," he says. "In the wintertime, you come here for glögg and watch the world go by.” 5210 N. Clark St., 773-878-0894
Step from the Windy City to Polynesia when you enter this tropical tiki hut with a thatched roof bar, bamboo stools, tiki mugs, and island fare like crab rangoon, luau chips, and coconut shrimp. Bartender Martin Cate (Smuggler’s Cove) says, “This place is remarkable. There’s so much terrific custom glassware, outstanding garnishes, almost everything in a custom tiki mug, and lots of swizzle sticks.” 435 N. Clark St., 312-610-4220
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