Best Distilleries and Bars in Evanston for Local Spirits and Signature Sips
Chicago may be a popular spot to enjoy a drink, but the Chicago suburbs have some of the best-hidden gems you don't want to miss. Evanston, an adorable college town that directly borders Chicago to the north, is easily accessible via car and has some of the best bars and distilleries in Illinois! Below are our picks for our favorites near Millie on Michigan.
If you're looking for a classy craft cocktail bar in Evanston, IL, Ward Eight is the spot for you. This bar is known for its twists on treasured classics (like a mezcal Old Fashioned) in an intimate setting perfect for date night. They have live jazz and acoustic music frequently, creating a relaxed ambiance that will bring you serenity.
Temperance Beer Co.
Temperance Beer Co. is Evanston's first and oldest brewery and has been featured in numerous media such as TimeOut Chicago, the New York Times, the Chicago Reader, and more. Here you will find a charming outdoor beer garden and a warm, family-friendly atmosphere that makes you feel at home along with a wide selection of quality beers.
KOVAL began as the first distillery to open in Chicago since the mid-1800s and was founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Dr. Robert Birnecker and Dr. Sonat Birnecker Hart. This fabulous distillery has been the recipient of over 100 international awards and is known for its "bright, approachable flavors and unprecedented creativity and design." KOVAL uses a grain-to-bottle approach, meaning they source grains harvested by trusted farmers to milling, mashing, distilling, aging, and bottling on-site. Take a tour and enjoy a tasting in their tasting room!
Five and Dime
There's nothing better than enjoying a cocktail and delicious meal on a rooftop patio at Five and Dime! Known as one of the best bars and restaurants in Evanston, their second floor transports you to a stunning rooftop patio space that feels like an oasis. If you're looking for entertainment, enjoy a game of bag toss or challenge yourself with towering giant Jenga. Board games provide a perfect way to connect with friends and family while enjoying delicious cocktails such as their "OG Margarita" (Olmeca Altos reposado, Combier, fresh lime).