Subway: Red to Chicago(312) 646-1300 elysianhotels.com/dining41.899904 -87.628023 11 E Walton St (between State and Rush Sts) Gold Coast, Chicago
Mon–Thu 4pm–11pm; Fri, Sat 4pm–1am (closed Sun)Average cocktail: $14
Looking to go luxe? The Waldorf Astoria’s entryway alone is impressive. But sneak up the stairs to this covert cocktail lounge and you’ll feel outright special. Chairs are plush, lights are dim and—best of all—cocktails are stellar. Arsenic & Old Lace employs fresh tarragon to brighten up the anise in the pastis and, somehow, the pine in the gin, while yellow Chartreuse and sherry combine to mellow the bite of rye in the Witch & the Warlock. Oysters and crudo make their way over from the raw bar at the upstairs restaurant, Balsan. Our advice? Start there, then head up to Balsan’s bar for a proper burger and beer to wrap the night.