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955 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607
955 West Fulton MarketUSIllinoisChicago60607
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Wednesday 6PM–2AMThursday 6PM–2AMFriday 6PM–2AMSaturday 6PM–3AMSunday 6PM–2AMMonday ClosedTuesday Closed
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A cocktail bar, redefined. By Grant Achatz & Nick Kokonas.
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Swanky cocktail lounge with intricate drinks in super creative presentations & clever small bites.- Google
"Really unique experience, delicious food and cocktails."
"For something more savory sweet, try the foie gras Snickers."
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Cody Wittenkeller
in the last week
Went with a group of 6 people. We each ordered 2 cocktails so we were able to see most of the menu. While the cocktails were unique and tasted amazing, the service was judgmental and elitist. We received complaints for wanting to taking of the cocktails/presentations. Overall a very unique experience but it is probably only a one time event for the price.
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Kevin Lam
2 months ago
I've been here on four separate occasion, but I feel like the wonderment of the Aviary has worn out. My experience has declined every time since my first visit. Sure this is kind of like that Parks and Recreation episode where Tom (Aziz) brings the gang to the experimental bar and they all get flash shots. The drinks are experimental, but the thrill comes more from the presentation than the actual taste. The flavors just don't mix well and are frankly unexciting after the initial playfulness. Now this is only a destination if friends are visiting from out of town.
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Darrin Stern
2 months ago
Cool wild and very intresting drinks. It's a must try once but not sure how fast I will return. Glad I tried it myself.
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Dan Virtue
2 months ago
Very cool place. For a non avid cocktail drinker, like myself, this place served some amazing drinks that were delicious and cooly presented. A great start to the night.
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Bob Lou
4 weeks ago
Truly a one of a kind place. Each drink and dish is a spectacle. The pork rind was presented in a massive single sheet. There were Funyun-esque mushroom puffs, maitake mushrooms with spherical scoops of apple, and pork belly with celery root. "Good Night & Good Morning" was brewed in a vacuum pot. The "O’Doyle Rules" was a cocktail accompanied by the food version of the same cocktail. "The Hollow" was a brandy steeped in a modern flask. The environment is open, so you can see the other menu items being presented to fellow patrons. It is expensive and the taste can be hit or miss, but it was a very memorable experience.
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Walter Macalma
2 months ago
The Aviary takes the creative freedom of an executive chef with the cocktail knowledge of a craft cocktail bartender. It’s in the intersection that you see how far and away they are with their game over some Vegas mixologist slinging peanut butter and jelly martini’s. I had the pleasure of being guided by both a well known chef and cocktail bartender on my visit and it was in this, along with my conversations with the ice chef and head bartender where we were invited to enjoy the rest of the evening downstairs. Well that was easy. “The Office” is less a speakeasy in the typical sense, but it’s really more of an exclusive invite only room to lounge. It’s more private, quieter, but you don’t really get some even more extravagant cocktail service. There is lots of leather and wood and class, much less outspoken in nature than upstairs. You can get a # to text if you really want to go. Price is expensive, you get what you pay for it in every quality ingredient. Back to the ice chef, what’s an ice chef you ask? It’s a cocktail chef dedicated to making crystal clear cocktail ice. Most places use a service and have it delivered, but here they make on site. Most do this because the machine that makes this ice is 5 figures. I do mine small batch style so in chatting with an expert (the rarity is probably somewhere between master sommoleier and cicerone) gave me a few great insights. Small, crush, cubed, cocktail cubed, sphered, speared, blocked, they do everything. The décor and ambiance upstairs is a little more test kitchen than lounge and you can tell the set up is geared around the bartender and their craft. I came here not for food, Chicago has tons of great food, but with a specialty place like this you play to their strengths. The staff is great from the doorman to the servers to the chefs and bartenders. The bathrooms are nice too. Reading up and chatting about the cocktails I decided many drinks were a bit for show, but the In the Rocks was a masterpiece, rubber band broke the cocktail ice sphere releasing the drink to melt and change the flavors over time. Ingenious. Amazing. I’ve currently been playing with a white viex carre which peaked their interest quite a bit. For a normal craft cocktail there are better places to go, but for something beyond that come here and live in the world they’ve created.
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Ty
2 months ago
Some of the best cocktails in the city. Not the cocktails you would receive at other bars. They've clearly put the energy into delivering the most interesting drink in town. Worth the price every so often.
Response from the owner - 2 months ago
Thank you, Ty!
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Nick Achtien
in the last week
Service is amazing, and the atmosphere is even better. The drinks are some of the best that I've ever had.
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Thank you so much for your comments, Nick!

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