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Classic Cocktails from Local Ingredients

The cocktail has been part of the American story for nearly 200 years. But as with most things cultural, times change, preferences shift and tastes can sometimes take awkward turns. Sable Kitchen & Bar however, would like to assure you that the classic cocktail - that perfect marriage of liquor mixed with a hand-picked selection of juices and garnishes - is at the heart of what we do.

Let us begin by offering a liquid lineup that seeks a natural harmony between spirits, wine and cuisine - truly the essence of the concept that is Sable. Cocktails are made from juices, fruit purees and ingredients grown and gathered from local producers. Our Beer Program focuses on craft beers from the best brewmasters in the country. And Sherries, Ports and Vermouths continue to play starring and critical supporting roles.

The Business Behind the Bar

Our bartenders command a 40-foot bar, one of the largest in Chicago. Mixing stations are punctuated by radiant quartz light boxes that cast a spiritual glow upon your favorite alchemist, while laser-cut backlights spell out the words that make up the chemical composition of the various cocktails being prepared. It's every bit theater and intrigue.

Of particular note: Sable houses one of the region's largest selections of amber spirits. Head Bartender Mike Ryan assembled a stable of award-winning spirits that are distinct, approachable (both in price and flavor), and simply interesting.

Sable's Prestigious Wine List

Finally, we hope you enjoy Sable's wine list, featuring roughly 74 wines offered by the bottle and by the glass. In fact, 16 by the glass offerings give guests the opportunity to mix it up and try different varietals without having to commit to a full bottle.

Welcome to Sable Kitchen & Bar, where the story of the American cocktail is told grandly and with fond reverence daily.

Lead Bartender John Stanton

An expert in whiskey, aged spirits and craft beer, John Stanton brings a wealth of knowledge to the pre-prohibition inspired cocktail program at Sable Kitchen & Bar.

A professional bartender in Chicago for more than 10 years, Stanton got his start stirring Old Fashioned cocktails and pouring craft brews and whiskey shots at the late Roscoe Village bar, Hungry Brain. Tending bar to the soundtrack of juke box tunes and the occasional jazz quartet, it was here that Stanton realized his passion for the art of cocktailing coupled with creating hospitable experiences for every guest who took a seat at his bar.

In 2010, Stanton joined Sable Kitchen & Bar to assist with the restaurant's grand opening and work under the guidance of acclaimed Head Bartender, Mike Ryan. Behind Sable's 40-foot bar, Stanton honed his extensive knowledge of spirits, specifically Single Malt and American whiskies, craft beer and re-imagined classic cocktail recipes. After two years, he was given the reigns to spearhead Sable's beer program, where he has featured notable, local breweries such as Solemn Oath Brewery, 5 Rabbit Cerveceria and Penrose Brewing Company. In the year following, Stanton collaborated with Ryan to curate Sable's seasonal list of signature cocktails and introduce new spirits to the bar's extensive collection.

With Stanton at Sable's helm, the acclaimed bar program will continue to feature unique and modern cocktails that are built upon the foundation of classic recipes. His tremendous passion for whiskey will undoubtedly be creatively woven into the seasonal cocktail list, along with house-made syrups and bitters and inventive flavor combinations. Stanton's signature cocktail, the Park Slope, is a modern adaptation of the classic Brooklyn cocktail, made with Rye Whiskey, Cynar, Cocchi Americano, Maraschino Liqueur and Regan's Orange Bitters.

Stanton has helped Sable earn a plethora of national and international accolades, including: "10 Best Restaurant Bars in Chicago" by USA Today, "Best Hotel Bars" by Food & Wine and "Top 10 Hotel Bars in the World" by Drinks International.