Riverside is a great place to raise a glass. Today, this historic village offers some unique drinking experiences.
Enjoy a handcrafted artisan cocktail in a speakeasy bar at Quincy Street Distillery. Yes, it’s a legitimate speakeasy. No, you don’t need to give a password to eyes glaring through a sliding peephole.
Small-batch whiskey recipes, concocted on the premises, speak to a special time in distilling’s history, every profile detail paying tribute to this time-honored trade. For those who prefer gin or vodka, the distillery features crafted spirits like their Old No. 176™ Railroad Gin, created from corn mash and flavored with juniper, coriander and elderberry, harkening back to the days when gin was a sipping liquor.
Cocktail selections at Quincy Street Distillery include Whiskey Sours, Old Fashioneds and a wicked Mojito. Tours provide an education about distilling whiskey, and a visit to the speakeasy retail shop is a must-do for the over-21 set.
Slinging drinks at Quincy Street Distillery
If beer is more your taste, check out 34 East Lounge. This longstanding bar and lounge across from the historic Water Tower has nine draft beer taps, with the best local craft beer selection in town. Here you’ll find the new Lush by Design on draft, the new Riverside-inspired craft beer from BuckleDown Brewing. Riverside’s best kept secret is the weekday Happy Hour specials at 34 East Lounge. Enjoy great deals on beer, wine, and cocktails from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Monday through Friday. The specials continue on the weekends, too, with $5 Bloody Marys and mimosas on Sundays.
Discover for yourself why Buzzfeed listed Mollie’s Irish Pub as the Best Irish Pub in Illinois. Mollie’s is famous for a great selection of Irish beer and whiskey. At night, grab a pint of Guinness and enjoy live entertainment, including traditional Irish music. During the summer, the great outdoor patio is the perfect spot to enjoy the fresh air and ambiance of Riverside’s historic downtown.
Sip on a margarita and join La Estancia for the restaurant’s viernes de carnival celebrations on Friday evenings. Enjoy live Mexican folk dancing in the tradition of a Mexican botanera that serves as a restaurant during the day, cafe in the evening, and a lively cocktail and music lounge at night.