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Swanky cocktail lounge with intricate drinks in super creative presentations & clever small bites.- Google
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Shan Duseja
reviewed a month 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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Jimmy Carey
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Over rated. Beautifull location but drinks did not impress. Stuffy staff & vibe.
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Gina Bojic
reviewed 6 months ago
The Aviary surpasses any and all categorically parallel establishments, many times over. This is a modest foreword for a place that truly excels in every facet. You can find The Aviary in the restaurant-happy district of Fulton Market. Great service is experienced here from the time you are received by the door usher, who checks you in for your appointed reservation and soon after, directs you inside. Though The Aviary accepts walk-ins, I strongly advise making reservations on their web-site as this guarantees seating for your allotted time. A $20 deposit is asked of you (per individual) if you proceed with snagging a spot online, but this is wholly utilized towards your final bill. Aesthetically, The Aviary is mostly modern, minus that cold/inhospitable look associated with the reference. When you first walk in, there is a metal, trellis that you can vaguely peer through to the kitchen which is simply bursting with activity. Seating is plentiful and also very contemporary. Lighting is used in just the right amount so that it almost feels poetic. The downstairs “speakeasy” charms with timeless romantic trappings: distressed, leather sofas, wing-back chairs, dated rugs, a vintage liquor chest and inimitable pieces of art scattered throughout the room. My two most recent visits at The Aviary were spent in this quarter, formally dubbed “The Office.” Both times I was received by the thoughtful and practiced, Jeremiah Beckley. He was kind enough to entertain my curiosity for the vintage spirits they carried. The depth of his knowledge was one thing to marvel at and his hospitality, another. I was relieved to have a host that didn’t once rehearse lines off a menu or give me some generic rundown for a description. He is the exception. My list is superfluous with everything that I enjoy here, so I will stick to what is foremost. For cocktails: the Yuzu and the Infernal Imagery. I am slightly partial for picking the Yuzu because I am a gin connoisseur, but anyone would absolutely love this drink. David made this perfectly! It is light, citrusy and fragrant with chamomile. I wasn’t quite paying attention when I was served the Infernal Imagery, but could immediately detect a soupçon of the famous aperitif, Maurin Quina. I thought this was very clever of them because the trademark for Maurin Quina is “infernal imagery” (or better identified as “the green fairy”). If you delight in darker spirits and complex flavors, this beverage is worth having. I was doubly impressed by the bartender the second night I came to The Office. Julia Momose prepared my two favorite drinks: an Old English Gentleman and a Vesper. Both were made to exactness and the best version of either that I have ever had. It is very plain that this individual is remarkably versed in her vocation because she stirred about with total finesse and poise. All the while, she was so enthusiastic and genuinely kind. For nosh, have the oysters or the chicken liver on toast. Either is fantastic and should be followed up with the Foie Gras Snickers. You will never want a store bought Snickers again. The Aviary is all aces in staple elements: beverage and food, décor and hygiene. But in service… they justly outrival every establishment in Chicago, to date. I would suggest coming here for after work cocktails, group gatherings or for intimate occasions. Price point is customary for the quality and the total experience you are getting. Though there are so many options in our city, this will always be my first in cocktails.
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Jess Mean
reviewed 6 months ago
The Aviary will ruin you for all other cocktail bars. I came here for a private event in The Office, the secret bar on the lower level, and was blown away by the drinks and service. Each cocktail is subtle, perfectly balanced and unique – even a simple Manhattan surprised my palate with smokey and sweet notes. Cocktails start at $20 and menu items include caviar, foie gras and oysters so I definitely recommend this spot for a special occasion.
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Dana Bassett
reviewed 7 months ago
One of the coolest bars I have ever and will ever go to. I've been here once while trying to impress a friend with my city of Chicago knowledge. We arrived right before the doors opened at six and were magically able to get a standing table in the aviary (though we were later moved to a sit down in the back, which was lovely). Had I realized how much I would love the cocktails, I would have ordered the price fix for three cocktails instead of ordering a la carte. I got the iceball slingshot drink filled with old fashioned and another cocktail that was served on a piece of burnt wood, lending aroma. My friend had a cocktail that came in a bag of lavender air, and another that was half frozen wine and mingled with the rest of the cocktail as it melted. My descriptions really do no justice to the incredible deliciousness and artistry of the drinks. The food is also to die for, but all is very expensive so special occasions for me only.
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Emily Belke
reviewed 6 months ago
Warning: Aviary might ruin nightlife for you after you visit, because nothing else can compete with their cocktails. If you love vibrant, fruity cocktails, you must try the Avenue. It's served with frozen sorbet squares in lieu of ice, which infuses the entire drink with a great tartness. For something more savory sweet, try the foie gras Snickers. I'd love to come back to Aviary for a special occasion or nice night out.