Forth Chicago Favorites: Crafty Cocktails / by Katie Kenney

Annnd we're back! We're anticipating warmer temps very soon and what better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with a cocktail or two? Grab your girl friends and head to one of these city spots for a what will surely be a very happy hour.

1. Scofflaw - 3201 W. Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

Forth Approved by Shannon Colon

Not only does this gin-centric spot offer a long list of solid drinks, to top it off the waiters walk around with complimentary warm chocolate chip cookies to cleanse your palate at midnight...never thought of gin and chocolate chip cookies as a duo, but they sound like a match made in heaven right about now.

2. Independent Spirits, Inc. - 5947 N. Broadway St. Chicago, IL 60660

Forth Approved by Mana Ionescu

Craving a night in and some Heath Ledger a la 10 Things I Hate about You? Same. Head to Independent Spirits to pick up a bottle of wine, and be sure to consult Scott Crestodina. Mana says you can't go wrong with his recommendations.

3. The Violet Hour - 1520 N Damen Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Forth Approved by Devron Enarson

Far from a Chicago secret, this Wicker Park classic is great for fancier drinks and a damn good cocktail. Devron can attest to their superb gin concoctions and says it's the homemade tinctures and specialty-sized ice cubes that keep her coming back again and again. Her tactic for avoiding the often-times 2+ hour wait? Go on a weekday around 5 pm.

4. Untitled - 111 W Kinzie St. Chicago, IL 60654

Forth Approved by Patrice Perkins

Walk down the stairs of Untitled and you will likely feel like you're on the set of Mad Men - their whiskey bar is both stunning and glamorous. Patrice clued us in and told us they offer free live music six days of the week, but said Thursday's are the best which is when they bring out all the stops - burlesque dancers, fire throwers, jugglers and all types of circus-ey fun. Talk about entertaining.

5. Ward Eight - 629 Howard St., Evanston, IL 60202

Forth Approved by Jessica Jacobs

This cozy neighborhood bar and cocktail lounge in Evanston is deemed one of Chicago's most overlooked by Eater - so grab a drink and a table before the secret is out!

6. Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits - 6727 Roosevelt Rd, Berwyn, IL 60402

Forth Approved by Cheryl Munoz

Serving up both great bites and sips, Cheryl says you can't go wrong with the bar board and we think the Blood Orange Gimlet looks mighty tasty.

7. Tiny Lounge - 4352 N Leavitt St. Chicago, IL 60618

Forth Approved by Jen Mayer

Jen's one of the masterminds behind Honey Butter Fried Chicken, so you know any place she recommends has to be good! And FYI, she specifically advised ordering the cheese curds if you want a late night snack with your cocktail.

8. RM Champagne Salon -116 N Green St. Chicago, IL 60607

Forth Approved by Julie Schumacher

There’s something decadent about this space on Green Street, with all it's sparkling patio lights and cozy atmosphere inside. Julie pretty much nailed in when she pointed out that any place with a blanket "add black truffle" option on their menu can do no wrong. And like our oh-so-wise Forth co-founder also said, sometimes you just need to go someplace that prioritizes champagne and tassels.

9. City Winery - 1200 W Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607

Not far down the street from RM Champagne is the City Winery, which regularly hosts concerts where you and your friends can pre-select seats at a table and order a bottle upon music and a glass or two makes for a lovely evening out with the girls.

10. Lost Lake Tiki - 3154 W Diversey Ave., Chicago, IL 60618

It feels like all time is in suspension and that you're actually on vacation when you enter Lost Lake Tiki- everything from the decor to the menu to the wait staff's ensembles embody the tropical life-style. And as for the drinks, these fruity concoctions pack a punch!

Now grab your friends, and get to it...because it's 5 o'clock somewhere, right?