Chicago-Near North Side
May 11, 2018
The Coq d’Or at the Drake is an example of the hotel bar at its very best: intimate, cosy, stylish, timeless. It’s an incredibly handsome space, low-lit and masculine. The walls are lined with red-leather booths and the whole place radiates warmth. It’s also a place of historical significance, being the first Chicago bar to open its doors after the repeal of Prohibition in 1933. Cocktails are classic all the way as you might expect. Their martinis are superbly well-mixed and impeccably presented. They do a note-perfect Mai Tai and a deliciously retro Pina Colada; their Cucumber Classic, a blend of gin, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, cane syrup, and cucumber is their sole nod to more contemporary cocktail trends. Many of the drinks can be ordered with an ‘Executive’ option utilising only the very best quality spirits. They stock a vast range of bourbons and whiskies as well as decent range of wine and a selection of local craft beers. Bar food comes care of the Drake’s famous seafood restaurant, the Cape Cod Room, which also dates back to the 1930s, and live music is performed Fridays and Saturdays. This is the kind of place where you’ll want to dress up and make an occasion of it.