Holiday Pub Crawl Spots

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December 27, 2016

The Yuletide season brings a very specific set of flavors that are a treat to taste. Luckily, Chicago is full of bars that truly deliver in holiday drinks. Plan a holiday pub crawl with these bars that serve gloggs, eggnogs, and more! And don’t forget about the transportation – Chicago Trolley & Double Decker can help you out! 

Simon’s Tavern

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5210 N. Clark

Simon’s is THE place for the best glogg in Chicago. This Swedish mulled wine is served warm with holiday spices that make you feel as cozy (and tipsy!) as a fireplace. This is a must for any holiday pub crawl!

Tre Kronor

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3258 W. Foster

Not a traditional bar, but rather a Scandinavian restaurant that gets decked out for the holiday season. Come in around St. Lucia Day in mid-December to really experience their seasonal hospitality. Don’t forget to order their authentic glogg while you snack on cinnamon rolls!

Mott Street

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1401 N. Ashland

The food is always delicious at Mott Street, but the holiday drinks are something else. Come in and try their artisanal cocktails like King’s Hyssop served in a hot flask with a knitted warmer. Enjoy their delicious small plates to complement the creative cocktails.

The Violet Hour

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1520 N. Damen

As the king of cocktail bars, The Violet Hour knows how to imbibe during the holidays. Their cocktail menu changes seasonally and annually, so come by this speakeasy to see what delicious drinks they are serving this December. Don’t see something on the menu you like? Tell the bartender what kind of flavors you enjoy and they’ll make something special for you.

Cindy’s Rooftop Bar

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12 S. Michigan Ave

Kids love hot chocolate, but adults love spiked hot chocolate from Cindy’s. Sip on spiked milky chocolate drinks while you enjoy rooftop views of Millennium Park.


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1925 W. Cortland

Christmas cocktails and beers abound can be found at this unassuming corner bar in a residential Bucktown neighborhood. Be prepared to get your spirits bright when you walk into the bar that is covered in Christmas lights on the ceiling.

Butch McGuire’s

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20 W. Division

Butch McGuire’s doesn’t a menu of holiday drinks, however they are the go-to Christmas bar for classic beers. This is mainly due to their all-out Christmas decorations that bedazzle the entire bar. It’s impossible not to catch the Christmas spirit when you step inside Butch McGuire’s this December!

SIP Southport & Irving

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4000 N. Southport 

This shnazzy corner bar serves a delicious glogg mixed with Lustros Brandy de jerez, Kronan Swedish Punsch and spiced ginger syrup. Enjoy appetizers and fresh glogg at this small corner bar that feels like a step back in time.

The Grafton

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4530 N. Lincoln Ave 

This quaint Irish bar in Lincoln Square offers seasonal beers, whiskey, and winter cocktails that will keep you warm in the cold December night. You might even be entertained by live fiddle music to make you feel extra jolly!   

Sportsman’s Club

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948 N. Western

Ukrainian Village boasts a bunch of hot new cocktail bars, but Sportsman’s Club is one of our favorites. Their cocktail menu changes daily with an emphasis on seasonal freshness. Come during December and you’ll no doubt drink in yuletide spices and plenty of warm beverages.

Gallery Cabaret

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2020 N. Oakley

Gallery Cabaret is a local hotspot for artists, musicians, and comedians alike. During the holiday season, this unassuming Bucktown bar also whips out the glogg. Come in for a traditional glogg and if you’re lucky you’ll get to see a free local show.