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Tuesday
Jun232009

Inventive cocktails from city hot-spot, Roof

It seems that this summer's ultimate see-and-be-seen spot has been christened, and the big winner is Roof, the 27th floor lounge at the new Wit hotel.  Earlier this month, I visited at 4pm on a weekday, and around 6pm looked up from my table to see it was standing-room only.  Situated in the Loop, this is a popular after-work spot, so be sure to leave the office a few minutes early if you'd like to get a table (LOVE that you can sit at a table without ordering bottle service...other clubs and lounges take note!).

Why is it so popular?  For one, the space.  The Wit itself is a striking structure at State and Lake, and Roof is equally chic, with sleek furniture and beautiful views.  Despite the name, Roof has both indoor and outdoor seating, so don't fret if it's a chilly day.  Second, the service.  From the moment we stepped into the hotel until it was time to bid adieu, each person we encountered was professional and thoughtful.

Lastly, the menu.  While the small plates were good, the drink offerings are the real standount.  Concocted by mixologist Jonny Abens (transplanted from Atlanta to share his Southern charm and mixing magic), Roof is a destination if you're in search of an original, inventive cocktail.  We tried several that evening and the clear favorite was the Urbanite.  Want to recreate the Roof experience at home?  Jonny was kind enough to share the recipe with me, so I'm sharing it with you!

The Urbanite by Jonny Abens of Roof
1/2 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. Orgeat
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed lemon juice
3/4 oz. fresh squeezed orange juice
1.5 oz. gin (Death's Door recommended)

Combine in a shaker with ice, shake, and pour into a cocktail glass.  Serve with an orange twist.  Delicious, and perfect for summer!

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Reader Comments (3)

We had the pleasure of attending the opening nigh and the drinks were amazing! We didn't get to try this one, but they made us some delicious drinks! We also met Jon and we all agree...he is charming!

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy keefe

I was at the Roof on opening weekend and you cannot beat the outdoor bar and view. I had the pleasure of meeting Jonny also- charming, charismatic-and my favorite drink is one he calls the Mexican Mule.

June 24, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMaureen Selfridge

I've had the Mexican Mule...very tasty! Amy, you've got to go back and try the Urbanite! :D

June 29, 2009 | Registered CommenterJen @ SecondCitySoiree

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