Whether it’s a lifetime choice, or you’re just not in the mood, there’s never been a better time to enjoy the bar while opting out of a boozy drink. Alcohol-free spirits companies are surging these days (along with retail stores dedicated to selling their wares), the “sober curious” movement is gaining momentum, and restaurants are investing more time and resources than ever before into developing real-deal beverage programs that are booze-free.
We’ll toast to all that. And in the event that you’d like to, too, we’ve compiled a list of 12 spots where you can enjoy a well-crafted drink, minus the alcohol. Whether it’s the starry-eyed glamour of Esmé and Porto, the gastropub chill of Gilt Bar, or the Tex Mex stylings of Lonesome Rose, Chicago’s most engaging restaurants have stepped up to serve drinks that go long on flavor without an ABV.