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“A must! You'll be talking about this for a while”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Aviary

The Aviary
Ranked #266 of 9,494 Restaurants in Chicago
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Drinks, Dinner, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: West Loop
Chicago
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A must! You'll be talking about this for a while”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Another great production by Mr. Achatz. We reserved the chef's table and sat right in the kitchen! What a production this place has. You'd think, what's so interesting about a kitchen? It's really amazing to see how everything comes together and it really gives you a sense that the chef and the master mixologist feel very confident about their final product to let people experience watch a from a few feet away. Going out to get drinks will never be the same unless of course its at the Aviary again. I keep thinking about that Rob Roy.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank MonKam
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English first
Chicago
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Libation sensation!”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

I loved this place. They make the coolest drinks ever! The bites were nice too. The service was great. I would definitely go back.

Visited May 2013
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Indiana
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Put it on your bucket list”
Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Alchemists at the Aviary really know their stuff. As you approach the restaurant you really have no idea of the experience that awaits you inside. The door is on the west side under the awning. Seating was very cozy and everything we ordered was great. The presentation of the drinks and atmosphere are exceptional. We had a party of 8 and were here for about 3 hours and it did not feel like that at all. We sampled from some of the flights and some a-la-carte. All the drinks are delicious, some are presented with more pizzazz and flare than others. If you have time watch around you before you order and see what the drinks served with flare are and order those. Didn't have any food except the hasenpfeffer stew. It was delicious but the aroma was overpowering and my friends asked me to eat it fast so we could get back to just smelling the drinks. Don't go hungry, all the other food looked great but it's very light.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank RovertDrib
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Austin, Texas
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Mindblowing.”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Visiting the Aviary is like visiting an art museum, except that the pieces on display are your cocktails.

Visited March 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Get a standing table by the cage”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Go here. as soon as possible--- the drinks are off the chart. Get a standing table by the "cage"-- so you can get a front-row view of the artists making the amazing drinks. There are some you'd rather watch being made than order. For instance, we watched someone fill a giant clear plastic bag in the shape of a pillow with lavender air. I don't want to pay $30 for a bag of lavender air, but I want to watch them put that together and serve it. :-)

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank iron_monkey_fist666
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