As kids, Halloween is all about treacly candy and fluffy costumes. As adults, Halloween is all about candy-inspired dishes, drinks and slightly more risque costumes. And in some cases, pig's blood. Here are some places to eat, drink and celebrate Halloween this year in bars and restaurants around Chicago.
Kinmont (419 W. Superior St, pictured above.)
If ever there was a time to sip blood, it's Halloween. The bold Werewolves of London cocktail at Kinmont will bring out your inner vampire, regardless of how you're dressed. Courtesy of dexterous mixologist Jason Brown, the cocktail contains a 1/2 ounce of pig's blood stirred into a tropical inspired cocktail made with Bombay Dry Gin, Pimm's No. 1, fresh pineapple juice, and house coconut syrup. It tastes like a luau of sorts, but the type of luau where they also slaughter pigs on-site. Drink one if you dare.
Falafill (3202 N. Broadway)
Trick-or-treating is a lot more fun when syrup-soaked puff pastry is involved. Because baklava > candy corn any day of the year. Falafill is doling out complimentary baklava, or as they are cleverly calling it "booklava," all day Halloween. The pastry is available to those of all ages, free for kids 12 and younger and free for adults with any food purchase.
Marion Street Market (100 S. Marion St., Oak Park)
Skip the tepid house parties and mosey over to Marion Street Market in Oak Park for a cool costume party like no other, outfitted with Halloween-themed treats, tastings, live music, and more. The contest runs from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Halloween, with free treats for kids and wine and beer for adults. The retail portion of the restaurant will also be stocked with apt seasonal brews.
The Florentine (151 W. Adams St.)
As much as we miss nostalgic trips down candy-filled memory lane, the benefits of being an adult on Halloween are cocktails. Because cider-laced boozy libations pretty much beat out fun-sized candy bars easily. For your fix this season, head to The Florentine for some holiday-themed potables, like the Bad Apple made with Woodford Reserve, cinnamon-infused Aperol, apple cider, nutmeg, egg white, and lemon juice; the squid ink-infused Black Widow with Bombay Sapphire East gin, olive brine, and Calabrian chile; and the Autumn #10 with Ron Diplomatico rum, Grand Marnier, pumpkin, and spice.
Rebar (401 N. Wabash Ave.)
Save some of that thirst for the Halloween-inspired cocktails at Rebar. Here, the Graveyard Punch is a Nui-Tiki-inspired drink fit for groups, made with steaming dry ice, light rum, blood orange, vanilla, cinnamon, allspice dram, and bitters. The Corpse Reviver contains gin, cucumber, aperitif wine, orange Curacao, lemon, absinthe, and lychee berry "eyeballs" in a nitrogen-encased martini glass. Then there's the whimsical Trick or Treat drink, a candy corn-hued quaff made with Meyer lemon, orange, apricot, bourbon, sherry, and egg white.
Bar Takito (201 N. Morgan St.)
Don a costume and earn special rewards at Bar Takito, such as a special $5 menu filled with margaritas and food items. The discount is available to any guests wearing a costume on Halloween or Nov. 1. The bar will also feature a special blood-colored Sangre Del Toro ("blood of the bull") cocktail made with China China liqueur, Carpana Antica, and blood orange soda.
DMK Burger Bar (2954 N. Sheffield Ave.)
DMK Burger Bar is going all out for Halloween this year, featuring costume contests on Oct. 30 and 31, plus $3 drafts of Smuttynose Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale and $4 bottles of Arcadia Ales Jaw Jacker. Most delightful of all, there's a special All Treats No Tricks Shake packed with M&M's, Reeses Pieces, Butterfinger, and Snickers. Save the effort of hoofing it from house to house and just drink this instead.
Chicago q (1160 N. Dearborn St.)
Finally, a potion you can drink without falling into a morbid stupor. For Halloween, Chicago q is mixing up its special Spooky q Potion cocktail made with bourbon, cinnamon simple syrup, and apple cider, garnished with gummy worms.
Public House (400 N. State St.)
Instead of carving pumpkins and filling them with eerie candles, why not fill them with beer? Public House has their pumpkin priorities in check, properly hosting a pumpkin beer tapping on Oct. 30 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. to kick start the holiday festivities. The bar will feature giant pumpkins on tap, showcasing seasonal beers such as Cisco Pumple Drumkin and Saugatuck Brewery Pumpkin Chai. Beer-lovers will receive complimentary tastings of pumpkin-y brews, doled out by certified cicerones (and pumpkin pros).
Photos: Potluck Creative (Kinmont), Falafill, Public House