Chicago Establishment Named Cocktail Bar of the Year

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere.

Chicago isn’t exactly known as a tropical paradise, especially during the winter months. But that wasn’t enough to stop Lost Lake, a Logan Square Tiki Bar, from snagging this year’s top honor.



The rankings, dished out by Imbibe Magazine, praise the bar’s diverse selection of both classic and contemporary drinks, noting that their unexpected ingredients are a thing of beauty.

Here’s a short excerpt:

“You might not notice Lost Lake upon first arrival at the barren corner of Kedzie and Diversey in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, but behind the building’s stark exterior resides one of America’s best cocktail bars. Lost Lake is a tiki bar, but thanks to the strengths of partners Matin Cate [Smuggler’s Cove, Whitechapel] and Paul McGee [Three Dots and a Dash, The Whistler] – who opened the bar with Land and Sea Dept. – it isn’t just about tiki drinks. The Lost Lake experience combines the best in hospitality and drinks with fun and relaxing escapist vibes. ‘Our main goal is to distill the original spirit of Don’s Beachcomber Café down to its very essence and stay true to that, “McGee says. ‘Tropical, escapist, fun, delicious, friendly and different from other bars in the neighborhood.’”

It’s interesting to note that the menu has only changed once since the bar’s opening. McGee’s wife, Shelby Allison, and her brothers all give their best to ensure the bar maintains its lasting appeal – giving it a truly intimate, family-owned touch. Top it all off with quality staff that excels during peak hours, and it’s easy to see why this hidden gem has been making waves.

You can learn more about Lost Lake, Cocktail Bar of the Year, at their official site.

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