Although famously known as “The Windy City”, Chicago could just as easily be referred to as “The Whiskey City”. Throughout its pubs and cocktail bars, you’ll find impressive whiskey rosters stocked with rare and ranging bottlings from all around the world. And, as host to one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the world, Chicago knows how to show its love for The Emerald Isle.
Eve Reddin, our Chicago Brand Ambassador, shares a few of her favourite places to go for a pour of Teeling. Whether you’re in town to watch the Chicago River run green over St. Patrick’s Day weekend or in search of your next favorite neighborhood bar, each of these establishments are well worth a visit.
“When out-of-town friends say, ‘Take me somewhere the locals go,’ the first stop has to be Delilah’s. Located in Lincoln Park, on the north side of Chicago, it’s a unique rock-and-roll style bar with an approachable, welcoming vibe. The character of this spot is immediately felt the minute you walk in the door and happily enjoyed when the skilled and knowledgeable bartenders guide you through the drink binder. With over 700 whiskey options, the list is more of a book than a menu and any whiskey lover would find themselves deeply enthralled in this read!
The bar’s art expositions, high energy and constant calendar of events mean there’s never a dull moment but the lively scene won’t get in the way of savouring a neat pour of that whiskey you’ve been meaning to try. Delilah’s is a place sure to please anyone that appreciates a bar whose patrons are as interesting as the whiskey flights.”
“Typically described as either a restaurant that serves whiskey or a whiskey bar that serves food, The Franklin Room, located in River North is the place you’ve been searching for when you don’t want food or drink to outshine the other. With its rich mahogany accents, brightly lit shelves and cozy but not cramped tables, this subterranean whiskey haven leaves you wanting to linger a little longer and order another round.
Besides their diverse and well-curated list of spirits, what draws both locals and tourists alike is the way you can try the menu. The options include a variety of flights, like the ‘Luck of the Irish’, a Teeling included flight. But the real winner is the one ounce pours. These small sips allow for patrons to taste a variety without being committed to anything in particular and when you throw in a few small bite options, the table is set for an evening of delicious pairings.”
“As you walk in D4’s and notice the mosaic tile floor, brass chandeliers and handcrafted oak bar, you’ll reconsider what your definition of an Irish pub is and then happily redefine it the longer you stay. At D4 you can find the downtown crowd enjoying a variety of modern pub grub, expertly made cocktails and a thorough whiskey list that most Irish pubs couldn’t shake a shamrock at.
If you’re around during St. Patrick’s Day and looking for a break from all the green-beer-stained bars, I recommend stopping in here for an elevated experience. Brendan McNeill, D4’s owner and operator, hails from Ballsbridge in Dublin and knows how to celebrate the holiday right.”
Being that one of Eve’s first jobs was at a renowned whiskey bar in Dublin, it’s no surprise that Irish whiskey has been weaved throughout her story ever since. For the years she has spent with Teeling she has held several positions at the distillery at home in Ireland, most notably as Lead Tour Guide before making her way from her small town in North County Dublin to the big USA as our Chicago Brand Ambassador.
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