Congrats on that bonus! Or did you win the lottery? Divorce settlement? Million-dollar smile?
However you made your fortune, it's time to celebrate. Don't just buy any round this weekend, buy Chicago's 5 most expensive and ridic cocktails.
Go ahead, big spender. Step up from plain ol' cocktail service, and never look back.
5. Opulence 5 at Terrace at Trump
Drinking in a berry patch? Priceless. Take fresh summer fruit, then drowned it in Perrier-Jouet champagne, vodka, and St. Germain elderflower liqueur. This is the drink to get when you want to make your girl feel very, very special. Or if she hails from The Shire.
$55. 401 N. Wabash Ave., River North (312-458-7867)
4. Don Flamenco Punch at Barrelhouse Flat
Tasting like a Mexican vacation and costing nearly as much, this punch is a potent combination of tequila, sherry, pineapple syrup, lemon, and ginger. It comes in two sizes: obscenely large pitcher and you-won’t-remember-your-name-in-an-hour fishbowl.
$70/pitcher, $175/bowl. 2624 N. Lincoln Ave., Lincoln Park (773-857-0421)
3. Treasure Chest No. 1 at Three Dots and a Dash
The ultimate showshopper. Perfect for when you and your 10 closest friends want to sit around a flaming treasure chest filled with rum, tropical juices, and an entire bottle of Dom Pérignon. Because your 10 closest friends are pirates, of course.
$385. 435 N. Clark St., River North (312-610-4220)
2. Jacques Selosse Millésme Brut at RM Champagne Salon
If you bought the diamond ring, this is the place to present it, where the candle-filled fireplace really brings out its sparkle. Then fill that bedazzled hand with glass after glass of this 1999 champagne, magnum sized, so she can drink until all the candles burn out.
$1,500. 116 N. Green St., West Loop (312-243-1199)
1. Nebuchadnezzar at Board Room
If you're a Russian oligarch, then no need to read further, you already know this story. The heir of a Russian billionaire bought Zac Efron this six-figure Armand de Brignac champagne here one night — proving that Zac Efron is apparently still relevant. The bottle is filled with 15 liters of premium bubbly for all your elite toasting needs, which will always stay relevant.
$100,000. 343 W. Erie St., River North (312-972-9882)