By J.P. Anderson | June 14, 2017 | Food & Drink
With the city's rosé craze in full swing, Chicago bars and restaurants are getting more and more creative with how they serve the stuff. From infused popsicles to flights and even 40s, these are the best 13 ways to get your rosé on in Chicago—this summer and beyond.
Why settle for one rosé when you can sample four? At this West Loop vino destination, $15 gets you a flight of the pink stuff featuring Grenache, Grolleau Noir, Nielluccio/Sciaccarello, and Sangiovese. Bonus: On Wednesdays the price gets knocked down to $13. 161 N. Jefferson St., 312-995-6560
This beach-inspired River North hangout goes next level with its slushy rosé concoction “Frosé All Day” ($13), which adds white peach puree and Tito’s vodka to the mix, then tops it all off with a peach sugar rim and mint leaf garnish. 353 W. Hubbard St., 312-464-0500
Add some "yasss" to your day-drinking session at this Fulton Market hot spot with cans of Babe Rosé ($8), the bubbly release with the cheeky slogan "Stay basic" from White Girl Rosé makers Josh Ostrovsky (aka "The Fat Jewish") and brothers Tanner and David Oliver Cohen. Sip it straight from the can or go slushy by pouring it into BomboBar's Italian ice, available in lemon rose, coconut rum, or strawberry kiwi tequila flavors ($14). 832 W. Randolph St., 312-492-7775
Best happy hour for rosé lovers? Our vote is with this Logan Square seafood spot, where on Wednesdays from 5-11pm you can indulge in a dozen oysters and a bottle of rosé for $40. 3213 W. Armitage Ave., 773-486-7465
With their biodynamic, French-made rosé, Forty Ounce Wines is giving new cred to the 40-ounce bottle—and this Gold Coast alfresco fave has some cheeky fun with it, serving the stuff in a branded Eight Bar & Patio paper bag ($40). 8 W. Maple St., 312-944-8888
Talk about an embarrassment of rosé riches: Just in time for patio season, the team behind Nellcôte, RM Champagne Salon, and Old Town Social has launched a pink-centric program focused on organic and biodynamic wines at three of its hottest vino destinations, with up to 16 available at each location. Even better, all by-the-glass options are $11 at RM on Mondays and Nellcôte on Wednesdays, and $9 at Old Town Social on Wednesdays.
This stylish Lakeview destination goes frosé one further with the ultimate throwback treat: popsicles, including a rosé-based variety infused with strawberries ($5). 3335 N. Halsted St., 773-935-9663
Yoga and rosé go hand in hand at this Kimpton Gray Hotel hot spot, whose Namasté Rosé rooftop yoga series pairs a 60-minute yoga session with an after-class mini bottle of Möet Rosé ($40; June 29, July 27, August 31). On June 29, the bar hosts wine lovers for Vida de Rosé, a pink extravaganza featuring wine by the glass, on tap, by the bottle, and in cocktails, plus rosé nibbles like gummies and macarons. 122 W. Monroe St., 15th Fl., 312-750-9007
Wednesdays are rosé days at this Fulton Market pizzeria and restaurant, with half-price bottles of rosé all day—served in the restaurant's whimsical new tap server—to go with half-price apps 3-6pm and live Italo-jazz band La Tosca at 7pm. 1235 W. Lake St., 312-850-9870
Beverage director Liz Pearce has amped up the rosé offerings at this River North tippling destination's lush rooftop garden, from sparkling and still varieties to a much-anticipated rendition of summer's new It drink, the Frosé ($14), complete with mixed berries and citrus. 111 W. Hubbard St., 312-828-9000
Mezcal and rosé? Why not, says Sam Lyden of Bucktown cocktail hot spot Presidio, where for $15 guests can enjoy a glass of Tamarack Cellars Rosé of Mourvèdre Columbia Valley, Washington and a shot of Cruz de Fuego Espadín mezcal, a "delicious, acidic, citrus-forward pairing." 1749 N. Damen Ave., 773-697-3315
This beloved Lincoln Park bistro gives rosé lovers a place to call their own with a new six-seat Rosé Bar on the patio, featuring extended Fri-Sun hours starting at 3pm. From 3-5pm, guests can indulge in bites like a house-made charcuterie board and truffle frites, followed by full dinner service offerings. 2300 N. Lincoln Park West, 773-348-8886
As if you needed another reason to go pink, the Loews Hotel’s rooftop bar is currently partnering with philanthropic rosé brand Liquid Geography ($12 per glass/$48 per bottle), 100 percent of whose proceeds are donated equally to the TJ Martell Foundation, supporting research for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS; the South Bronx Educational Foundation; and Mary’s Meals, which helps those suffering from extreme poverty around the world. Plus, #WeDrinkPink Wednesday boasts $5 featured rosés by the glass and half-price featured rosé bottles. 455 N. Park Dr., 312-840-6600
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