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The Aviary
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955 W Fulton Market Chicago, IL 60607
955 West Fulton MarketUSIllinoisChicago60607
$$$BarToday 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
Monday ClosedTuesday ClosedWednesday 6:00 pm – 2:00 amThursday 6:00 pm – 2:00 amFriday 6:00 pm – 2:00 amSaturday 6:00 pm – 3:00 amSunday 6:00 pm – 2:00 am
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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
"Undoubtedly the best cocktail bar I have been to in my life."
27 reviewers
"For something more savory sweet, try the foie gras Snickers."
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Jennessa Berg
a month ago
Definitely lived up to the hype. I recommended a reservation, but if you go early enough there's a chance you can get seated. We did the drink/tasting pairs. The brought out well over 5 exquisite cocktails, each completely different than the next in both taste a presentation.
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Enoch Lau
5 months ago
The most amazing cocktails that I've ever had: exquisitely designed cocktails with gastronomical theatrics at your table. For food, we got one of everything and didn't regret it: the highlight was the Truffle Explosion, which is as tantalising as it sounds.
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Wesley Kim
8 months ago
It is hard to categorize the experience of eating and drinking with a numeric value, especially when lazily slapping on a 4 or a 5 may not do justice to an experience. Perhaps eating anywhere can be considered an experience and ratings are just part of the ugly monster of the hospitality industry. Ok I am rambling. The Aviary is certainly an experience, one I have not had anywhere else so far. The drinks are crafted with intent to create whimsy and wonder to the senses of sight, smell, taste, and touch. You know, like how all food should. There is a lot of thought put behind the drinks and I can certainly respect the establishment for that. Is it worth on average 24 dollars of your money for a drink? I think yes. Is it a place where I would frequent every week for a drink? Maybe not, I would soon be broke if I did. If you just want to read "yay" or "nay" stop here and make some reservations, it is worth going at least once. They also have an automatic 20% gratuity on the bill, which I feel is justified as the behind the scene people need tips too, in my opinion they do most of the leg work. If you got more time to read...read on. So why not 5 stars? Maybe I expected more taste in the drinks. The presentations of each drink were great but in the end, the final product of how it taste matters most (in my book). Some of the drinks were a bit too raw or flat for my taste and perhaps I expected more complexity, subtlety, and layers in each of the drinks. One of the strengths and weaknesses of a place like this is that you expect a surprise and an exciting presentation with each drink. If you kept coming back over and over weekly, it would be like watching your favorite movie every week. Sure it might be fun for the first few times but after a while you will soon start memorizing the movie and know the entire run word for word. The quickest way to kill pleasure is to make it routine. I would like to point out that they do change their menu seasonally which is a good sign of a restaurant in my book. Also they do have other drinks that are not cocktails if you just want some nice liquor. I must also mention that they have the most beautiful ice I have ever seen in a glass of water. Seriously. After getting a glass you will only expect the finest twice vapor distilled hand chipped ice in your lemonade at home. The service is what you would expect from a place that sells cocktails for an average of 20$, generally good. My waiter however was kind of...pretentious and for the most part ignored my table to put it nicely. Being scolded by my waiter for forgetting to put a drink on a coaster isn't my way of having a good time either but oh well. Regardless of the server (I really hope I don't get that person again next time), I would come back to celebrate and experience the drinks again. Overall, a thought provoking experience. At least more thought than slamming tequila shots at 12AM with a random stranger at your local drunk hole.
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Shan Duseja
10 months ago
Love everything about this place. I have ordered at least 15 different drinks from the ever-changing menu. The place offers drinks of every variety. I don't have a go-to drink because I always want to order the new concoctions. They also make the drinks for Next. If it's not a busy night, the mixologists don't mind making a drink from the Next menu. The staff is so nice. It's always a great experience and a short walk to the awesome restaurants in the West Loop.
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Michael Collins
3 months ago
I'm not going to say anything that hasn't been said about this magical cocktail bar, except maybe that they have a hidden bar in the basement near the restrooms. All you have to do is ask your server towards the end of your experience if you can see the office. So save some room for a last couple drinks down there. It is a small space though and frequently fills up Aviary itself is simply an amazing bar that shows what molecular gastronomy can do to cocktails. We had one drink where you had to sling shot an ice sphere for the remaining contents of the drink. My take on a mai tai has whiskey gelatin spheres that exploded in your mouth. Another one we tried was their take on a coffee drink which came with coffee ice cubes served in milk, topped with cotton candy after which espresso is poured over it to combine the cocktail. This place is pricey with drinks ranging from $15 - $30 but it is an amazing and worthwhile experience.
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T Nguyen
7 months ago
This place is very intimate and comfortable with modern style seating and atmosphere. I went with four guests including myself. I am not sure if they handle large groups but it was perfect for us. We each ordered one drink from the a la carte menu which changes seasonally. $25-$30 each and we ended up paying $136 for four. Tip was INCLUDED and MANDATORY. I'll tell you why this is important later. Knowing that I usually don't pay $25 for a drink, it was best that we each ordered something different. Before we ordered, the waiter gave us four sample taste of a blended fruity pink colored drinks. He also brought us water with ice that was hand chiseled from the huge block of ice. Yes, they have a full time ice chiseler to deliver to this experience (which is partly why the tip is mandatory). Also, the waiter was smug about placing our drinks on the coasters. A poorly executed joke that was not well received by our party (maybe tip is mandatory so courtesy isn't expected). Overall, I think for the experience, it was great and I probably will come back some time much later. presentation 5/5 atmosphere 4/5 innovation 5/5
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Vanisha Patel
2 weeks ago
It was awesome and incredible! Drinks were a bit pricey, but it was worth it to me.
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Morgane Renoir
7 months ago
Really fun cocktails, with crazy presentations!! Never been disappointed by what we ordered. The staff is super friendly, and helpful! The ambiance is amazing! And if you can, get a drink downstairs also! I recommend this place to anyone going to Chicago!

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