Behind-the-Scenes at The Aviary

Innovative. Innovation.

Buzz words often fill restaurant and bar descriptions and reviews. But after a while, overused words seem to lose meaning. Hype takes over, sometimes causing a gap in attaining new customers (while sometimes having the complete opposite effect).

Not everyone can do “innovation” with a perfect balance of precision and creativity. But if you give it a chance, you’ll see that The Aviary in Chicago (W Fulton Market/Morgan St.) will “wow” you, no matter how many things you’ve read about it. Because, as is very rarely so, this chef-inspired cocktail bar is actually doing things differently — probably unlike anything you’ve ever seen or tasted before.

Micah Melton, the highly acclaimed establishment’s Beverage Director, has been referred to as a “mad scientist,” and we can see why. Have you ever tasted a cocktail with a completely different flavor profile from the first sip to the last? How about unlayering a drink with your tastebuds thanks to the spherification of rum?

These exist. And to get a taste of them is just a click away.