About us

Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse is not just your typical bar with food in the Near West Side / West Loop neighborhood, but rather a unique Traditional American fare, craft cocktail and local brew bistro, blended for an unforgettable experience. Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse has an unpretentious atmosphere that combines nicely with the local take it easy rhythm.

Wise Owl’s indulgent distinctive menu is where cocktails and cuisine combine for a perfect social experience. With the evolution of the cocktail culture blowing through Chicago, Wise Owl put together a team of the best mixologist’s from across the globe to spearhead our creative beverage program. Our vast cocktail menu ranges from traditional-based cocktails to an assortment of eclectic and refined house cocktails for those who prefer a modern taste. As homage to the great city of Chicago, we have primarily-selected local craft brews and locally-distilled spirits as well. We also provide a hand-selected wine menu to pair with individual courses while also appealing to the seasoned oenophile.

Our food is made in-house and from scratch, from the different aioli’s, to the fish tacos. Our kitchen uses fresh and local ingredients whenever possible to bring you a satisfying dining experience and our menu aims to please both gourmands and comfort foodies alike.

Wise Owl is conveniently located just minutes from the United Center and provides an optimal location for Blackhawk fans, Bulls fans and concert goers to tailgate before and after each event. As for viewing the games, Wise Owl dedicates itself to providing the perfect atmosphere for all local, national and world-wide sporting events. With our 150 inch projector and multiple flat-screens throughout, Wise Owl assures you’ll catch all the action from virtually any seat in the house.

For those who are driving to the United Center, we make it even more convenient by offering parking for more than 30 cars as well as a complimentary Uber/Lyft service for all of our patrons to all home events. Wise Owl is also just a matter of steps away from the Racine/Blue Line stop and the Racine exit at I-290.

Home to one of the larger outdoor patios in the area, Wise Owl can provide seating for more than 100 people in our garden alone. In addition, the outside bar and lounge area along with the bean bags and games court assures to keep patrons engaged for hours while appreciating the warmer months of the year, making Wise Owl the ideal summer place to enjoy all we have to offer in a great social setting with live entertainment and weekly specials.

Looking for the right venue to help you with an upcoming event? Well look no further. Whether you are preparing a corporate lunch, dinner or after work party, birthday or retirement celebration, or even a shower, engagement or wedding reception, Wise Owl can accommodate all your needs. Finding the perfect venue for your gathering entails more than just locating an available event space. It requires careful consideration and research to find the location that can provide everything you will need to make your event, business or personal, a raving success. Our event planners will alleviate the stress from the equation and work with you every step of the way!

Wise Owl Drinkery & Cookhouse is truly something you need to experience for yourself

Are you ready to make a Wise decision? Our friendly Wise Owl family is ready and waiting to serve you… so come on by and give us a try, you may just have a hoot!