Ward 8 bartenders shake excellent classic cocktails every night of the week, but on Tuesdays they roll out an inventive tiki menu that’s true to the history of this faux-Polynesian libation. Cultural appropriation aside, the always-changing Tuesday night menu might feature classic crowd-pleasers like a flaming Mai Tai, a complex Jungle Bird or a brand-new creation. Except for the de rigueur mugs, the focus is not on the expected kitsch but beautiful, balanced cocktails. Coconut mug in hand, sitting on their patio while the weather holds, you’ll be transported miles from Howard Street.
629 Howard, Evanston, 847.420.7353, wardeight.com
Best of Chicago 2017