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Sparrow Chicago – Art Deco cocktail bar

I’ll admit, I’m an absolute sucker for aesthetically beautiful buildings and spaces. That’s the main reason I love Sparrow Chicago. 

Sparrow Chicago is on the bottom floor of a classic, 1920s apartment building in the Gold Coast neighborhood. It’s actually next to one of Chicago’s most infamous late-night bars, called the Hangeuppe, and to be honest, I never noticed the tucked away cocktail bar until a friend suggested it recently.

Originally named due to the number of affluent residents who moved in after the “Great Chicago Fire”, the Gold Coast neighborhood was (and to a point – still is) known for its sophistication which Sparrow channels. 

The bar is designed to encapsulate the spirit of a 1930s hotel. The details are incredibly precise – decals on the wall which point to a “hotel reception”, cozy art deco lounge chairs, and antique pieces like wall-mounted telephones scattered throughout. I even leaned over to a friend to ask if we were actually in a hotel lobby. 

Last time I was there, I opted for a wine instead of a cocktail. The wine list is small, but as someone who has trouble making decisions, I appreciated the well-curated menu. With such a small list, I felt I couldn’t go wrong. Most of the cocktails are rum-based, so it’s a great place for rum-lovers. 

I recommend checking this place out for a pre- or after-dinner drink before hitting up many of the fantastic restaurants in the neighborhood.

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Details about this spot



12 West Elm Street, Chicago

Opening Times

Sun - Fri 16:00 - 02:00, Sat 16:00 - 03:00


Cocktail: USD 12


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Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)