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Chicago West Loop Bar Behind ‘Cocktails To-Go’ Makes It Into World’s 100 Best Bars

By Elliot McGowan

Chicago West Loop Bar Behind ‘Cocktails To-Go’ Makes It Into World’s 100 Best Bars

One of Chicago’s own makes it into the world’s best as a new entry.

Coronavirus might be running riot over the hospitality industry but many are gripping on by reverting to outdoor dining, pick-up, and delivery options. One of Chicago’s many world-renown restaurants and watering holes has now made it onto a list of The World’s 100 Best Bars decided by a vote of 500 drinks experts from across the globe. Which one you ask? None other than Bar Kumiko.

The annual list celebrates the best of the international drinks industry and represents the ultimate international guide to the world’s top bars and drinking destinations. The 2020 edition, sponsored by Perrier, was unveiled via a virtual awards ceremony held on Thursday evening, 5th November.

The World’s 50 Best Bars is owned and organized by William Reed Business Media who organize several lists including Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants and Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants. They also recently organized an initiative called the 50 Best for Recovery which raised more than $1.24m for the hospitality sector. The initiative provided grants to 217 businesses from 53 countries as a direct result of fundraising efforts.

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The list was mainly dominated by bars in London and New York with only Chicago’s Kumiko, a handful of bars in San Francisco, and one in Miami making representing the United States on the prestigious list. Though Kumiko came 84 on the list it was listed as a new entry and one to keep your eye on. New York bars were the only US bars to make it into the top 50.

Bar Kimiko is also to thanks for Chicago officially legalizing to-go cocktails earlier this year. Back in April, Julia Momose, Partner and Creative Director at Kumiko in Fulton River District, started a petition entitled Cocktails for Hope | Cocktails To-Go, calling for the temporary legalization of the sale of cocktails. “We need the State of Illinois to allow bars and restaurants with on-premise licenses to sell their carefully crafted cocktails as a way to increase revenue during these trying times,” the petition read.

The bar can be found down on the true corner of Lake and Desplaines, 630 West Lake Street. While it might not be open for dining, it could be the place to go for your next takeaway or fancy meal at home when you’re looking to reward yourself. Now is the time for Illinoisans to step in and keep their favorite watering holes alive and brewing!

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