Time Out Chicago Bar Awards Names This as Chicago’s #1 Bar

Bar industry experts curated by Time Out Chicago have chosen the best bars in Chicago – and there are definitely some to add to your Chicago summer bucket list.  

This June, we got together in the west loop at The Herbarium (right next to Au Cheval – I’m still digesting that burger). After tasting inventive cocktails from William Grant & Sons, which were notable next to individual sized bottles of Rose with cones on them. It seriously felt like a summer spin New Year’s Eve.

Time Out Chicago’s editor, Morgan Olsen announced the winners for Time Out Chicago Bar Awards 2018, who were ranked and profiled by an industry-renowned panel of high-profile drinks experts and top bartenders. The panel included Julia Momose, beverage director at Oriole; James Beard Award-winning sommelier Belinda Chang; Benjamin Schiller, beverage director at The Fifty/50 Group;  Hendrick’s Gin Ambassador Mattias Horseman; Monkey Shoulder Ambassador Vance Henderson; and , the Olsen, herself.

The full list of Time Out Chicago Bar Awards 2018 winners:

Guests enjoyed craft cocktails. Photo: Time Out Chicago

Guests enjoyed craft cocktails. Photo: Time Out Chicago

  • Bar of the Year presented by Hendrick’s Gin: Lost Lake

Guys! I haven’t been here. I was excited about this bar back in 2015 when it opened. For about a year and a half I was following Logan Square’s bar and restaurant scene as a new business writer (shout out to JAM for the best brunch of my life), but I transitioned out and sadly haven’t really explored Logan Square that much besides the occasional PBR, Jamison shot, and pizza special at Boiler Room. If you make a bar crawl out of Lost Lake, I would also add the vintage sports club and eatery, Park & Field to your list of summer time bars – it gave me Cali vibes in their patio with the fire pit and summer games 🙂

Green Mill is a staple. I use to go every Friday night with visitors from Hi USA Hostel. I personally love it for a date night on Sunday with the poetry slam.

Maple & Ash recently got on my radar. It’s always a popular spot – even when I pass through it in the Gold Coast on a Tuesday.

  • Sexiest Cocktail: Spanish-Style Gin and Tonic at Cindy’s

Cindy’s is the best – actually all of Chicago Athletic Club is because it’s versatile for a girl’s night, book club hangout, or a sexy date night. I think I visit Cindy’s the most often. Need to add this cocktail to my list, though 🙂

Photo: Time Out Chicago

Time Out Chicago Bar Awards 2018 panelists

  • Mattias Horseman
  • Vance Henderson
  • Ed Marszewski
  • Julia Momose
  • Danny Shapiro
  • Calvin Martin
  • Christopher Marty
  • Benjamin Schiller
  • Brenton Engel
  • Paul Hletko
  • Caitlin Laman
  • Nandini Khaund
  • Belinda Chang
  • Morgan Olsen
  • Zach Long
Photo: Time Out Chicago

Celebratory hugs all around for the best bars in Chicago for 2018. Photo: Time Out Chicago

Amanda Elliott is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.


Nuvo: The Pink Drink That Makes Rappers Look Cooler

Usually, I smile at the lyrics of rap songs. They make me laugh.

“I run into these arms like Drano.”

“Open up your Mac Book; put me on your lap.”

So clever.

Rappers Like Their Alcohol Pink:

But, I did a double take on Jamie Foxx’s “Blame it,” and before I go any further, yes I think Jaime Foxx is an incredible actor, but an even better musician, thank you Chris Rock.

But in Jaime Foxx’s music video, T-Pain sings, “I’ma take a shot of Nuvo.”

Nuvo. The pink, irrefutable pink substance is his preference.

Despite the Barbie in a glass display, rappers think they gain awesome points by portraying a bottle….or 50 of Nuvo in their music videos.

While some place it in the background other singers feel that they need to do more than drink pink. They need to zoom in on the shape of the bottle like they usually would a woman’s curves.  Who knew French champagne would be the new man’s drink?

Music Videos with Nuvo:

Check out Posner’s game. Or perhaps

Or perhaps “Lovely,” which is only as good as the intro when they are sipping on Nuvo.

Wale unravels the bottle as if it was better than a woman’s frame.

A couple of takes of Nuvo in “Right Round” barely leverage this video from the mundane and cheap disco ball stage. Flo Rida did a better job with

Flo Rida did a better job with “Who Dat Girl.”  Pain drinks the beverage in, “The Game.”

Nuvo is the only choice of beverage at the party in “By My Side.”

Kanye West and T-Pain clink Nuvo like bottles of bud in “Go Hard.”

Though not the main drink, Nuvo makes quite the appearance in “One More Drink.”

Random appearances are made in “Break Up”  almost as if Mario is toasting to his new state.

While the lyrics include “sipping on this gin,”All I Do is Win” features Nuvo, which contrasts their black and white attire.

“Down on Me,” by Jeremih.

But the most overdone display of Nuvo goes to T-Pain in his video, “Rap Song.” 

Female Rappers Who Like Nuvo:

Some women also decided to dress up their music videos such as Lily AllenMonica, and Lil Kim.

Pink Champagne Does Make You Cooler:

So, what do you think of the pink drink?

I have had it, and honestly, when I walked into a guy’s place and he had bottles of Nuvo, I thought it gave him cool points, much like these rappers.

Note: This post originally appeared in my first blog, but since people are still searching for it, I upgraded it to Windy City Cosmo. Cheers!