Saturday, October 23, 2010

Their TGIF happy hour: the revamped living room Bar

Your TGIF Happy Hour: The Revamped Living Room BarI have always liked the living room Bar in the grand lobby of the W Chicago - City Center. It is an unexpectedly cool place in the heart of the loop for after-work drinks, pretheatre postgala drinks - basically all occasion drinks on a block that dead otherwise has come to stop time. But the lounge's recent redesign and extension - in conjunction with the opening of a new restaurant, IPO (short for initial public offering, in an allusion to the bustle close to nearby office buildings) - gave me and downtown suits, a new reason to pop.

The bar opened to a packed House last Wednesday and a surprise performance by the Miami-based pop star CeCe Segarra, but I recommend checking it out leisurely might say, tonight, at the end of a long work week, if you have earned a drink or three.

As for the redo I'm a little bummed about the three new 42 inch TV above the bar.I'm sure this is a selling point for sports fans, but I'm not a fan of staring at the white my date's eyes as he looks over my head to the blinking screens, conversation in a stationary position.[[But I like the absurdly high table lamps, then there are the drinks, comfortable armchairs and improved Verkehrsfluss.Und including Golden a Bill in the cards for tonight, garnish ALE ($8) .If If the bar presents its new seasonal menu including the Whiskey n cherry, a mixture of death's door whiskey, half acre Gossamer cherry soda, Vermouth and bitter, head over to next week with a brandied Cherry ($13).]]>


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