Bus: 97 Skokie, 206 Evanston Circulator(847) 420-7353 wardeight.com42.019694 -87.679700 629 Howard St Evanston, North Suburbs
Wed–Sat 5pm–midnight; Sun 5pm–11pm (closed Mon, Tue)Average cocktail: $9
The room is small and warmly lit. The bartenders are friendly and serious. The cocktails, from owners Anne Carlson and Cody Modeer (formerly of In Fine Spirits), are practiced and perfect. But at Ward Eight, none of this is presented as a big, important deal. Here, the spectacle surrounding cocktail culture has been rubbed away, revealing a way of serving drinks that actually feels new.