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The Alderman, Chicago, IL

The Alderman

4.9
4.9
79 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
THE ALDERMAN is an intimate, 16-seat cocktail concept tucked away, behind closed doors, within Pilsen Yards. With a plush velvet banquette, 4-seat bar counter, and warm lighting, it’s the perfect room for a night cap, date night, or just having one to several astonishingly good cocktails.

The beverage program comes from Chicago’s most award-winning mixologist, Lance Bowman, who rotates half of the cocktail list every two months while perfecting the art of tradition with his riffs on American classics, staples of the cocktail list at The Alderman.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (312) 243-2410

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Beverage Director Lance Bowman

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Cross street

    Racine

  • Parking details

    Valet or Street Parking Available

  • Public transit

    18th St Pink Line

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Late Night, Private Room

What 79 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

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    Best Service

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a beautiful vibe. Cozy, candlelit, amazing drinks and atmosphere. It somehow feels really comfortable and really special at the same time. Will be back.
  2. KH

    KatieH

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing bar! Blown away! (Bar is inside Pilsen Yards so you can eat at the restaurant but not inside the alderman).
  3. AB

    AngieB

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Alderman is our favorite speak easy. Lance is an amazing mixologist. We love watching him make cocktails and he likes to wow you! Just tell him some of your favorites and he will mix you something unique. The ambiance and music just makes it even better!!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the cocktails and ambience
  5. G

    Gunzablazin

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lance was attentive and made outstanding drinks. It was truly pleasant and relaxing.
  6. I

    Isabel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The bar tender was phenomenal. He came up, asked us what flavors we liked and made us amazing custom drinks. The space is small and classy. We had a great date night!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lance is always a wonderful bartender and host. Great drinks and great atmosphere. 13/10 would recommend.
  8. S

    Spycow

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lance's cocktails are truly amazing. We sat at the 4 seat bar and got to talk with Lance during our visit. It was fun to talk cocktails, bars, food and travel while drinking some of the oustanding cocktails he has created over his career. A must visit and highly recommend making reservations to sit at the bar if possible. We can't wait to go back. Thanks Lance and Cheers!
  9. SS

    SteveS

    Chicago

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and moody ambiance with great art. Service was spectacular and the mixologist took the time to inquire and recommend drinks for our party of four. To quote one person in our group“ that gin and tonic wasn’t made by the bartender, it was made by god”
  10. DG

    DwightG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little exclusive bar inside of another restaurant. I believe the bartenders name was Lance. He made phenomenal drinks and was very personable the entire time we were there. Even thought the drinks were really great, what stood out to me a little more was the music. Whoever makes the playlists for the Alderman did an excellent job. As we were taking in our delicious drinks, my wife and I found ourselves looking at the song ID feature on our phones a few times to find out what song was playing at the time. We ended up downloading a few new artist to our music apps. If the music is this good all the time, they should start making the music playlists public or something. I'd follow it!
  11. CD

    ChuckD105

    Chicago

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic hidden gem of a bar with great cocktails in a great atmosphere. Please don't tell anyone.
  12. SO

    eSutrasOrganics

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Go to this gem if you want to discover excellent mixology in classy surroundings. You will not be disappointed - Lance Bowman delivers!
  13. S

    Shaina

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Alderman was incredible. We had the best time getting dealers choice drinks and just enjoying the atmosphere.
  14. W

    Wolfgang

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great inventive cocktails! We tried 5 different ones all yummy!
  15. RG

    RaeG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matt the bartender was outstanding! Drinks were perfect. Do recommend!
  16. R

    Riley

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite new bar in Chicago! Perfectly intimate with a great ambiance, and the drinks are in a league of their own. We'll be back next time we're in town!
  17. EG

    EricG

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and drinks. There is no food but it's in the restaurant Pilsen Yards so you can get a great meal there after your bevs at The Alderman. The bartender was great!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks. Bartender is awesome. Atmosphere is great.
  19. AS

    AmberS

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic intimate spot for an extremely well-crafted cocktail. Menu covers all palettes, but I highly suggest ordering off menu and doing dealers choice with the bartender/mixologist - You won't regret it!
  20. R

    Renee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bartender was knowledgeable and friendly. Thanks for the Malort!
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent cocktail bar. The drinks were amazing best drinks I’ve had in Chicago.
  22. RB

    RufusBarleysheath

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing drinks, bartender, ambiance, overall vibe. Great time!
  23. SH

    SandraH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great. A must go on a night out in the windy city.
  24. CH

    CoriH

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The experience was fantastic. The bartender was amazing, kind, and very knowledgeable. Looking forward to going back!
  25. PG

    PaulG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredibly lovely vibe. Energetic yet calm, even on a Saturday night when Pilsen Yards was absolutely bumping. Drinks were phenomenal and the service was spot on. Would definitely recommend heading to the Alderman for a cocktail if you're ever looking for a memorable night out in Pilsen.
  26. N

    Nikki

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lance was INCREDIBLE. We were there celebrating my best friend’s birthday, and he made some of the most amazing cocktails we’ve ever had in our lives. He was fun and knowledgeable and really made it such a wonderful experience for us. We will definitely be back.
  27. I

    Imtiaz

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I’d recommend checking it out
  28. HS

    HughS

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place
  29. T

    Tanya

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Love! Love! Love The Alderman! The music, ambiance, drinks and Lance were all AWESOME! I would definitely recommend The Alderman!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lane is awesome! Love trying his new creations!
  31. C

    Chris

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks are great, ambiance is lovely. Friendliest and most down to earth staff!
  32. AR

    AR1705

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    We made a reservation for 8 and were there at Pilsner yards an hour early. When our reservation came the people in the Alderman weren’t leaving. We didn’t get our spot until 20 min late. I think they need to set a time limit on peoples time. Parties that camp out really mess up other reservations which is very frustrating. Other than that, AMAZING bartender and drink service!!!!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food1service5ambience5
    Valentines
  34. BK

    BrianaK

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails were excellent and the ambiance was very romantic. Will definitely be back.
  35. U

    Uriel

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Probably one of thee must unique place to get a drink but also an amazing vibe with the bartender.
  36. JK

    JasmineK

    Chicago

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible! The drinks were amazing. Will be back.
  37. MB

    MattB

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic from the moment we checked in. Cozy little bar area, innovative cocktails, and stellar service.
  38. RB

    RonB

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding Experience!! Lance, the mixologist at The Alderman, created some of the best cocktails that we ever had. We were able to sit at the bar and observe a world-class bartender at work. This will become our go to location for a night out. Prior to visiting The Alderman we had several "small plates" at the Pilsen Yards, great food.
  39. BB

    BraedenB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is easily the best bar I’ve been to. I spent the weekend exploring different bars and Michelin rated restaurants and in term of enjoyment and quality of drinks nothing else even comes close. Not only will I come anytime I’m in Chicago, I will also recommend it to anyone who is going.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    10/10! Great drinks.

FAQs

The Alderman is rated 4.9 stars by 79 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for The Alderman

1163 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608-2355

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Racine

  • Neighborhood

    Pilsen

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet or Street Parking Available

  • Public transit

    18th St Pink Line

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Beverage Director Lance Bowman

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Cocktails, Late Night, Private Room

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