The Whistler

Cocktail, Lounge, Bar
$ $
2421 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Fullerton Ave)
Chicago, IL 60647
(773) 227-3530
6:00pm - 2:00am
6:00pm - 2:00am
6:00pm - 2:00am
6:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am
5:00pm - 3:00am
5:00pm - 2:00am


  • Drink this: Bartender Paul McGee's cocktail list is rad. Try the Old Square: Old Weller bourbon and a touch of apple brandy, vermouth and benedictine.
  • Bid a temporary good-bye to bartender Paul McGee, whose last night here is Wednesday, February 1st.
  • From the outside, this place looks like a gallery. On the inside, its open and loftlike and behind the bar, bartenders skillfully make cocktails like a rosemary Collins.
  • Try the Oaxacan old-fashioned from our 100 Best list:This cocktail is not on the menu, but its a Paul McGee classic available by request.
  • Its open and loftlike, with a permanent stage set up for weekly live music. One sip and theres no doubt that despite everything else going on here, the cocktails are the reason to stick around.
  • Order the Rosemary Collins, essentially a Tom Collins with a sprig of rosemary, which provides a refreshing burst of flavor on the tongue and in the nose:
  • Go right at 6 p.m. Chat with Paul the bartender about his craft. Go out to dinner at Lula's afterwards.
  • See LeRoy Bach play, every Wednesday.
  • Stop by for Brasstax. You just might experience someone twerking.
  • Order a PBR (for $2.00) to wet your travel-weary whistle while you peruse the inventive and exciting cocktail list for your next drink.
  • Paul McGee, the bow-tied man behind the Whistler, is everyones favorite bartender: Hes patient. And not only are his cocktails delicious, they make anyplace charging more than $8 a drink seem greedy
  • my favorite music lounge by far. Its much like The Violet Hour, minus the flashy space and high prices.
  • The Autumn Sweater at the Whistler is one of the 100 best things we drank this year.
  • The Jungle Bird is a surprisingly delicious mix of black rum and Campari.
  • The Arrigo Park will treat you right.
  • Vermont cocktail. Always.
  • Wilco / Iron & Wine's Leroy Bach plays here every week. And there's never a cover so... why aren't you there now?
  • Order a fancy drink, preferably one that requires ingredients to be added with a medicine dropper.
  • Get and old fashion.
  • Great craft cocktails. A little hipster pretentious, but good.

Nearby places

2521 N Milwaukee Ave
2323 N Milwaukee Ave (btwn N California & W Fullerton Ave)
2338 N Milwaukee Ave (at W Medill Ave)