The Dawson

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MONDAY - THURSDAY: 4:30 P.M. - 12 A.M. | FRIDAY: 4:30 P.M. - 2 A.M. | SATURDAY: 10:30 A.M. - 2 A.M. | SUNDAY: 10:30 A.M. - 11 P.M.
312.243.8955 | WEBSITE

A culinary nod to all things New American, the Dawson is an airy, rustic-industrial 200-seat restaurant with a captivating cocktail program. Seasonal cobblers share real estate on the menu with a house soda program (try the seasonal phosphate) and fanciful “Daily Drips,” a romantic-looking science experiment of infused bourbon perched atop the back bar. The house cocktails number at least a dozen and are a smart accompaniment to the oysters and raw plates that adorn nearly ever diner’s seat around the bar.

Known For
  • craft cocktails
  • good wine
  • full menu
  • oysters / raw bar
What to drink
Large-format cocktails for three to five people, the rotating frozen cocktail or anything made with the house sodas.
River West
Bar manager Annemaire Sagoi is known for her gourmet Jell-O shots, which are never, ever served in a dixie cup.