Our friend and fellow Bourbonite Chuck Cowdery (author of “Bourbon, Straight,” and the more recent “Bourbon, Strange”) has declared with his customary magisterial certitude that Delilah’s is “far and away the best bourbon selection in town.” We heartily agree with Cowdery, even when he isn’t buying us drinks. Though the clientele may look more like admirers of Johnny Rotten than Pappy Van Winkle, Delilah’s has a vast selection—more than 600 whiskies—and a staff of no-nonsense servers who know their stuff. If you’re new to America’s native spirit, Delilah’s is where you enroll for the intro class.
2771 N. Lincoln, 773.472.2771, delilahschicago.com
Audience Choice: Delilah’s
Best of Chicago 2014