The Bar at The Peninsula
This elegant cocktail lounge, located on the ground floor of Chicago's Peninsula hotel, is a popular after-work hangout for locals and travelers in-the-know. Wood-paneled walls and a roaring fireplace pair nicely with the mix of jazz and funk music to create a low-key atmosphere. Bartenders prepare signature cocktails like the Cosmollini—a blend of Citron vodka, white peach purée and champagne—with absolute precision. Purists will also appreciate the dizzying array of fine spirits, cognac and port. All in all, this is the type of place to sink into plush leather-upholstered seating and indulge in an aperitif or a nightcap.