When a member of the staff at the pristine Elysian Hotel reaches out to you and asks if you've been to their bar yet, and you haven't... You go! And that's exactly what we did! There’s been much buzz about Bernard’s Bar, housed inside this hotel, for quite some time. However, with a recent drink feature on the cover of Time Out Chicago’s February 2012 issue, the buzz has broadened to an all out vibration, and we couldn’t wait to get in there. Read More
Close your eyes for a moment and try to visualize what the lobby of a grand and luxurious southern hotel might look like. It would be expansive with an inlaid Italian marble floor and an elegant split spiral staircase rising majestically from its center under the watchful gaze of a magnificent chandelier. Elegant shops surround the lobby and off to the right stands the perquisite baby grand piano. Read More
Located on the corner of Market Street and Bay Street, the Market Pavilion Hotel is one of Charleston’s most elegant hotels. Entering the hotel, you immediately notice Grill 225, the hotel’s upscale restaurant with a well deserved reputation for world class cuisine. Read More
Located in Charleston’s historic French Quarter, the Vendue Inn is a small, quaint, and intimate hotel with a rich and storied southern tradition. Among its many amenities is their two level rooftop bar. I’m not sure what I expected when I first visited this cocktail oasis, but it wasn’t a bar voted by readers of the Charleston City newspaper as the best Charleston bar for 5 consecutive years. Read More
Call me closed minded, pessimistic, or perhaps even sheltered. Go ahead. But I’m going to just come out and say it. I highly doubt there is anywhere else in this city that you can go at 5pm on a Wednesday and have it be this freaking cool! Just trust me. And if you still think I’m wrong or think you’ve found something to challenge this statement, I want to hear about it. However, right now, all we’re going to focus on is the cool factor at this particular W hotel. Read More
When you walk into the bar, you're immediately greeted at the door. The bar's entrance is inside of the hotel, but you'd almost believe it could be a stand alone bar. It truly has that feeling!
The bar has exposed brick and the bar is made of cherry wood. It's actually a a beautiful bar, and you would not notice how bustling with people it is. There are flat screen TV's located around the bar with different channels playing, so if you don't want to watch sports, no problem, just turn to your left! Read More
The Flights Cocktail Lounge inside the Marriott Renaissance. This bar exclusive to the hotel is about the size of your elementary school cafeteria. Good place to go for a night out with your friends but also comfortable enough to sit alone and have a drink by yourself if you want to be a creep. Crowd at the time David was there was just a few stragglers that were mostly suit types. Read More
There is a lot to be said for hotel bars this time of year. I don’t think there’s one out there that holds back when it comes to decorating for the holidays. The JW Marriott located in the heart of The Loop district is no exception. This Asian inspired Lobby Bar is the perfect spot for an after work drink, anytime of year. We showed up on a Thursday eve and the place was bumpin’. We scored a couple seats at the bar, but if there weren’t any, there’s plenty of other seating options we could have picked. Read More
I happened to be in Memphis with my family to go to a wedding. Memphis has one of the most famous hotels in the country so of course I had to at least stop by for a few minutes to check out the bar. The hotel is beautiful and the main bar is located right in the center of the main atrium area. Read More
I’m just going to come out and say it, and pardon my prejudices, but I never expected a bar within a Holiday Inn to produce something quite as magnificent as this. To the Holiday Inn, I apologize. My bad. Egg in my face, yolk in my hair. Eating my words. This has got to be one of the best kept secrets of the city. I’m shocked I’ve never heard of Cityscape before, but I am oh-so-happy to now share it with the world. Read More
Overpriced drinks were expected, but overpriced food wasn't. I would eat beforehand even though the food is decent, I wouldn't pay that much for such a small amount of food again.
We were there on a Friday night, and it was still early enough for it not to be super loud...they turned up the volume way too early. Earlier than 9pm is too early for blasting the beats...we still wanted to chat at that point. Read More
I hope you’re wearing something decent when you walk into this place. Not because its required, but because you ARE going to feel cool, so you may as well look cool, too. Coming up to the main lobby area of check in, you’ll be greeted by a grand staircase that serves as the entrance to the Palm Court. Go ahead, pretend you’re someone else, or that all eyes are on you as you elegantly stroll to the top of the stairs. There’s something about this special place that takes you somewhere else, makes you feel like someone else. Read More
If you’ve never heard of The Drake Hotel in Chicago then you’ve been living under a rock. I’ve known about this famous hotel and it’s rich history but after living in Chicago for 6 years, I finally stepped inside to see what all the fuss was about. Don’t ask me how to pronounce the name, but The Drake’s hotel bar called Coq d,Or did not disappoint. Read More
I have to admit. I showed up at this place with a little bit of an agenda. It was a saturday. We are college football fans. There were several big games that were getting ready to start. SO, was I looking to watch a bit of a game in a hotel bar even though I swore that I would never go out in search of a sporting event at a hotel bar? Yes, yes I did. Why? Easy, the answer is two fold. Read More
So this is how it all started.
I had just finished attending a social media seminar with my friend Brett. We were downtown and I needed to kill a little bit of time before I headed off to my next appointment. Thankfully Brett didn't have to rush back to his office, so we decided to kill time with an afternoon drink. After suggesting we duck into a hotel bar, we soon found ourselves outside of Chicago's iconic Palmer House Hotel. Read More