Hotel bars may not seem like a local hangout, but some of these hotels are attracting Chicago’s most talented chefs and mixologists to draw crowds seeking great food and libations while visiting. Chicagoans like me have started to discover these are some of the best-kept spots for locals to also escape some of the more touristy attractions when in popular areas.
Drumbar is the rooftop bar at the Raffaello Hotel, and it’s not touristy at all. This speakeasy-style rooftop bar is steps away from Michigan Avenue in Chicago’s chic Gold Coast neighborhood. There is an intimate indoor lounge and a beautiful outdoor terrace with views of Lake Michigan and the Hancock building.
Their bar program features a carefully curated selection of whiskeys, scotches, bourbons and cognacs. You can order up a classic Old Fashioned or let their expert bartenders mix up one of the seasonal concoctions to fit your mood. Perfect for a cold winter night in the lounge or for a breezy summer evening on their outdoor terrace. This spot is the perfect upscale escape while visiting or for locals like me to take a break from the hustle and bustle of downtown.