Kumiko

  • The Best Bar in Midwest USA 2022, sponsored by Nikka Whisky

Infused with owner Julia Momosé’s signature elegance and razor-sharp attention to detail, Kumiko is a sophisticated cocktail bar that blends Japanese and American cocktail influences with style and finesse. The minimal interiors are softened by light wood and exposed brick, punctuated with thoughtful details like the occasional flower arrangement, helping Kumiko serve as a quiet and upscale respite from the bustle of Chicago’s West Loop bar scene.

Seasonal drinks menus present a similarly refined approach. In addition to the thoughtful collection of sake, shochu and Japanese whisky, cocktail menus feature drinks made with both Japanese and American ingredients, usually selected with seasonality in mind. Take for example the ‘provocative and spiritous’ Umé Boulevardier, which takes the classic cocktail in a contemporary direction with Japanese whisky, Campari, aged Uméshu and Italian sweet vermouth. And since Momosé is known for her pioneering work in creating alcohol-free drinks (she dubs them ‘spiritfrees’), there is always a progressive option for the non-tipplers at the bar. Reservations can be made for the main dining room; bar seats are first come first served.

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