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French 75 cocktail Sepia. 2013 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

French 75 cocktail at Sepia. 2013 I Scott Stewart~Sun-Times

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Updated: March 20, 2013 4:40PM

Bub City serves up some pretty cool cocktail fare. Here are three other restaurants serving drinks that are worthy of your sipping time:

BILLY SUNDAY, 3143 W. Logan; (773) 661-2485;

Vibe: Named after the brimstone-slinging prohibitionist preacher, this spot outfitted with old photographs, spindle-back chairs and grandma china has a colonial tavern feel.

Flavor: A blend of spicy and grassy rums, tangy lime, bright passion fruit and pineapple bitters, Billy Sunday’s daiquiri might be one of the best, balanced cocktails served in Chicago.

SEPIA, 123 N. Jefferson;
(312) 441-1920;

Vibe: Featuring silvery-drum shade wrapped crystal chandeliers, old brick walls and sleek stone veneers, the restaurant that was once a print shop is the perfect juxtaposition of modern and vintage.

Flavor: Andrew Zimmerman’s housemade charcuterie should not be missed, and it must be washed down with the “French 75,” a mix of gin, lemon sour, orange bitters and zingy sparkling rose.

SABLE KITCHEN & BAR, 505 N. State; (312) 755-9704;

Vibe: Black lacquer and white marble give this spot in the Palomar Hotel a sexy lounge feel.

Flavor: Head bartender Mike Ryan’s “Long Road Home” cocktail, featuring grassy dry vermouth, smoky mezcal, sweet agave and puckering lemon, is a mouth-whetting palate-opener, the perfect complement to chef Heather Terhune’s upscale bar food.

— Michael Nagrant

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