With the holiday season officially in full swing, there’s a chill in the air, the vivid displays in department store windows are shining like beacons in the night, and parties celebrating the spirit of the season are well on their way. While intimate gatherings ringing in the holidays are often best left to the comfort of your own home, larger events require an elegant atmosphere where your guests can enjoy the celebration and company. Fortunately, for those who call Chicago home, the city is replete with stylish lounges perfect for your holiday get-together. Whether you’re partying with co-workers or your closest friends, check out these celebration destinations this holiday season:
If you’re looking for an elegant environment for your holiday party this winter, look no further than The Library. With vintage-inspired décor, from tufted red velvet banquettes to stately chandeliers casting low light across the room, this River North hotspot exudes an intimate charm. Luckily, The Library’s drinks are just as enticing. If you’re in the mood for something fizzy, try the Bar Germain; if a sweeter cocktail is more your style, opt for the honey-infused Bee’s Knees.
The feel of a low-key lounge and the mixologist know-how of a high-end cocktail bar combine seamlessly at Rogers Park Social. This popular Rogers Park institution, outfitted with a large communal table, comfy seating in the back, and board games to mitigate those awkward lulls in the conversation, makes for an ideal spot to get your group together to celebrate the holidays in style.
Presidio’s urban rustic design scheme may give it a bit of a hipster vibe, but make no mistake: this Wicker Park watering hole is anything but pretentious. With plenty of room for larger parties and a menu boating everything from bison strip loin to their own take on the Big Mac, cheekily called a “Royale With Cheese,” in a nod to either the French rendition of the sandwich of “Pulp Fiction,” this is one party destination that’s sure to please. Even if dinner isn’t on the menu for your gathering, your guests will have fun ordering horror trope-inspired drinks, like the Wickerman’s Punch and The Babysitter and the Man Upstairs.
Although it’s regularly named one of the best bars in Chicago, The Aviary claims that a night with this West Loop lounge is more than another trip to the pub, it’s an experience. Home to indulgent small plates, from foie gras with rhubarb and lavender to cheesecake with balsamic vinegar and strawberries, The Aviary is a sophisticated destination your guests will appreciate you seeking out. With drinks like boozy hot chocolate, a popcorn-inspired elixir made with real butter, and a long list of craft beers, there’s something to suit every thirsty guest’s palate, as well.