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#38 Sportsman's Club (Chicago, Illinois)

When Sportsman’s Club was transferred into the hands of Heisler Hospitality (the folks behind Chicago bars like Queen Mary, Lone Wolf, Pub Royale, The Revel Room, and Estereo) in 2013, the Windy City was (and still is) abuzz about the bar’s daily blend of amaro (an Italian herbal liqueur) served chilled in a shot glass. Heisler also gave the 60-year-old Illinois bar an overhaul, transforming it into a classic Chicago establishment that feels charmingly timeless. It’s complete with taxidermy, carved checkerboards in the tables, tunes that play from a vintage reel-to-reel, brass chandeliers, and chicken-wire windows. Try the signature Sportsman’s cocktail, a stirred mix of bonded bourbon, Zucca Rabarbaro, Luxardo bitters, Angostura bitters, and absinthe. Award-winning head bartender and general manager Laura Kelton creates, shakes, and stirs four cocktails that change daily in addition to the mainstays, which include the Sportsman’s Cocktail, amaro blend, house-barrel old fashioned, and Low Life. The bar also offers carry-out wine and beer and retail bar goods. During the summer, the bar hosts backyard barbecues — as if you needed another reason to visit this space. (Matt L./Yelp)

 

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