The Office

Image: Yelp/Kelly G.
SUNDAY–WEDNESDAY: 5:45 P.M.–12 A.M.
THURSDAY–FRIDAY: 5:45 P.M.–2 A.M.
SATURDAY: 5:45 P.M.–3 A.M.
312.226.0868 | WEBSITE

Located in the basement below molecular mixology den The Aviary, The Office is its upstairs neighbor’s opposite in every way, from the décor (think: wealthy Wisconsin man cave) to the dessert (once upon a time, there was a $30 ice cream sundae on the menu). With two-dozen seats and often just a sole bartender holding down the fort, the Office is as exclusive—and comfortable—as high-end drinks get.

Known For
  • craft cocktails, bar food
What to drink
Because the menu rotates seasonally, there are few standbys. Dealer’s choice is an option here, too. Just don’t order a vodka-soda.
Neighborhood
West Loop
ProTip
Considering its locked-door, basement-only access from the Aviary and Next restaurant, The Office doesn’t take walk-ins. But getting in is easier than rumors would have you believe. Text—don’t call—the number with your request, be polite, and you just might get a reply.