6/06/2012 01:05:00 PM

Drumbar: New Rooftop Drinks and Bites at the Raffaello Hotel

There are cocktails, and then there are cocktails on a rooftop 18 stories up. For some reason the latter always taste better.

Of course, it helps when that cocktail is made tableside with Nolet’s gin, fresh lemon, Aperol, simple syrup and Fentimans’ rose lemonade. The “Rose” is one of many drinks available at Drumbar, opening Friday on the roof of the Raffaello hotel.

The concept is a speakeasy, but there is nothing about this new bar that suggests secrecy. Guests are greeted with dark wood floors, cozy booths and a marble bar. Then they walk into a grand room bathed in light from a copper chandelier made with glass orbs and hung from the vaulted ceiling - there's a second bar here.

In addition to the selections of spirits, craft beer, wine and champagne, small plates will be prepared by the chef at Pelago. They include a trio of grilled pizzete, imported Italian cheeses and cured meats with Sicilian capponata. Sure, they can be eaten inside, but much like cocktails, food tastes better with a view.

The patio offers vistas of Lake Michigan and the Hancock Center from the comfort of fireside seating. An adjacent sunroom creates a more intimate experience with limited seating in lime green leather chairs on black-and-white marble floor.

There will be no tiki torches or paper umbrellas, but that won't stop Drumbar from moving to the top of our summer to-do list.

201 E. Delaware Pl.; 312-924-2531

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