We are SO close to SO many amazing breweries, cocktail houses and wine bars. Each of these listed below are must-visit locations for anyone local to the area. Check out their websites, and, better yet, check them out in person!
Afterthought Brewing Company
218 E. St. Charles Rd., Lombard
Afterthought Brewing is a small, family-run brewery focusing on saison and mixed fermentation beers. Offering curbside pickup via online orders for “to go” only.
Dry City Brew Works
120 N. Main St., Wheaton
Dry City is a craft brewery located in downtown Wheaton. There are typically over a half dozen beers on tap, as well as non-alcoholic soda. The brewers are always coming out with new releases, and always open to new ideas. In addition to beer, the owners are passionate about supporting local musicians, and regularly feature live music.
121 W. Front St., Wheaton
Emmett’s Brewing is a brewery and restaurant in downtown Wheaton. The atmosphere is amazing, with a gorgeous bar and quaint patio seating right along the train tracks. There is a great selection of beers brewed on site, as well as outsourced beers, wines and cocktails. Also, a great spot for private events!
Lunar Brewing Co.
54 E. St. Charles Rd., Villa Park
Lunar Brewing is your no-frills, wood-paneled bar and craft brewery, with a juke-box, video games, darts and chips. A true dive bar! Featuring roughly five to six in-house brewed beers, plus a selection of craft beers from all over the world, a stop here is a must for the beer lover. It’s definitely a community business with a strong contingent of locals and regulars.
More Brewing Company
126 S. Villa Ave., Villa Park
Amazing beer and great atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable, and the beer and food menu are always a hit, no matter the season. If you plan to visit on the weekend, go early! The place fills up fast. And, you cannot leave without trying the cheese curds. Best outside of the Minnesota state fair!
Noon Whistle Brewing
800 E. Roosevelt Rd., Lombard
Noon Whistle Brewing is a great, small local brewery, with a wide variety of beer selections and some of the best IPA's in the area. Their newly expanded taproom and kitchen is great. Family- and dog-friendly, plus outside seating when the weather is nice. A must try are the Gummy Vortex and Gummy Series, and of course the Bourbon Candied Bacon!
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery
94 Yorktown Center, Lombard
Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery is a welcoming and engaging craft beer experience with a variety of unique craft beer brewed on-site to pair with their popular American crave-able foods like the Brewery Nachos and Ballpark Pretzels. Great local spot for a casual brew and burger!
Solemn Oath Brewery
1661 Quincy Ave., Naperville
Such excellent beer, a very unique style and flavors you won’t find elsewhere. The artwork on the beer is also some of the best you will see. The staff is super helpful and professional. Solemn Oath has a great outdoor patio/beer garden. They even feature beer slushes!
The Beer Cellar
488 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn
The go-to local craft beer shop in the Western suburbs! Great selection, a very knowledgeable staff, and an awesome atmosphere. Enjoy a beer in their tap room or grab several to go. There are always special releases and beers you will find nowhere else. The owner, Dave, a beer geek himself, who opened the store because he couldn’t find a local store dedicated to craft beer, is very hands-on and personal. Plus, it’s dog-friend friendly. A true gem in downtown Glen Ellyn.
Two Hound Red
486 Pennsylvania Ave., Glen Ellyn
Two Hound Red is a brewery and restaurant located in Downtown Glen Ellyn. The house-brewed beers and innovative pub-inspired eats have an artisanal vibe, and are made with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible. The restaurant, what was formally a pharmacy, restored the building, lending to a refined and casual setting accented by exposed wood beams and cozy black booths. Have a seat at the bar, or grab a growler and enjoy a fresh beer at home.
Common Good Cocktail House
560 Crescent Blvd., Glen Ellyn
Common Good is a cocktail house with a big-city vibe, yet in the heart of Glen Ellyn. With modern, classic, upscale, seasonal and sometimes whimsical cocktails, it’s a perfect spot for date night. The owners genuinely wanted this cocktail house to be an extension of their own living room, a welcoming space full of heartfelt hospitality, and one which facilitates connection and community.
The Lilac League
4 S. Park Ave., Lombard
The Lilac League is a very cozy (just 30 seats) specialty cocktail lounge in the heart of downtown Lombard. It's quite a delightful gem, with great music, a dim but intimate and historic atmosphere, and wonderful service. They offer seasonal small plates and snacks too!
ko-ze wine bar
484 N. Main St., Glen Ellyn
Coming soon! A new wine bar is coming to downtown Glen Ellyn! You will find off-the-beaten-path wines, small plates, craft beers, private events, a wine club and more. Stay tuned!
R. Urban Wine Bar and Café
4738 Main St., Lisle
At R. Urban Wine Bar, you will discover wines from around the world, hand-selected by the owners themselves. The wine bar features a wood-fire oven that creates unique pizzas, cheese and charcuterie boards, appetizers and entrées, plus private events and live music on special nights. Order a flight and discover your next favorite pour!
127 W. Front St., Wheaton
Tasting deVine is a sister tasting room to the Lynfred Winery located in Roselle. A great place to relax and sip some delicious wine, a wonderful staff, and a perfect place to meet up with friends and discover a new favorite. The tasting menu rotates monthly, and if you are a wine-club member, you receive special discounts off flights. The perfect place for tasting.