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If your buddies always appreciate you turning them on to an exciting new bar, take them to the slick West Loop lounge CH Distillery, a liquor distillery with its own cocktail bar attached—or is it the other way around? Any way you look at it, it’s ideal for your next after-work outing, so swing by and fill up a roomy booth, or better yet, belly up to the bar. There, you’ll get to see the magic happening at every stage of the process, from the creation of the artisanal spirit to its rightful place in your cocktail. A tasting flight of CH’s signature gin, vodka, whiskey, and rum will get you started, giving you and your friends an idea of which base spirit you prefer. Time your visit right and one of the knowledgeable bartenders will then give you a tour of the fully-functioning micro-distillery, which happens to be conveniently located directly behind the bar. You’ll be fascinated by the Heisenberg-like setup of kettles, coils, and gauges that produce the heavenly elixirs used in house cocktails such as the Eastern Express (gin with cucumber, simple syrup, and lemon) and Czech Mate (cinnamon-infused vodka with grapefruit juice and honey syrup). The menu’s small but ample, with corned duck on rye, coconut curry cashews, and house-made cheeses and charcuterie perfect for sharing with your crew. Between bites, encourage your bartender to experiment with new concoctions, as your early-evening outing shades into a late-night adventure.

CH Distillery

564 W Randolph St Chicago IL 60661

(312) 707-8780

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