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Bar and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Streeterville, Chicago
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    Allison K.
    "Love the rooftop and view!!! Awesome cocktails and ambiance"(11 Tips)
    "Drumbar is the Raffaello Hotel's 18th-floor oasis, split between an..."(2 Tips)
    "... with bourbon, ancho chili liqueur, artichoke liqueur, maple soy syrup, and..."(2 Tips)
    Redeye Chicago
    "... ancho chili liqueur, artichoke liqueur, maple soy syrup and Angostura bitters..."(2 Tips)
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  • rooftop
  • cocktails
  • whiskey
  • good for dates
  • raffaello hotel
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  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistMay 5, 2015
    Try the Hog Wild cocktail, with bourbon, ancho chili liqueur, artichoke liqueur, maple soy syrup, and Angostura bitters. The nose is smoky and more sweet than spicy, like an Old Fashioned with a kick. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 11, 2013
    Add this to the list of downtown rooftop spaces with a hip, modern terrace atop the Raffaello Hotel. The menu features a mix of seasonal cocktails along with a focus on bourbon and whiskey.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 11, 2013
    Drumbar is the Raffaello Hotel's 18th-floor oasis, split between an outdoor terrace with views of the lake, and 100 seats situated indoors amidst marble, dark wood, and 25-ft vaulted ceilings. Read more
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 3, 2016
    When the drink is named after the bar itself, you know you've got to try it! Drumbar Horchata is a creamy cocktail with a Renshaw rum based combined with cognac, vanilla slushie and cinnamon syrup. Read more
  • Deneen
    DeneenAugust 13, 2012
    Excellent spot with one of the best patios in the city! Inside feels like you're hanging out at a cool friend's apartment. Great craft cocktails - the Storm is yummy - and friendly servers/bartenders.
  • Redeye Chicago
    Redeye ChicagoMay 7, 2015
    Hog Wild: Bourbon, ancho chili liqueur, artichoke liqueur, maple soy syrup and Angostura bitters ($13). The nose on the drink is smoky, it’s more sweet than spicy, like an old fashioned with a kick.
  • Jennifer C.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer ContraveosMarch 7, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Make sure to try the specialty cocktails! And go on a Tuesday or Wednesday to try the Progressive cocktail menu! Most beautiful bar in the city.
  • Timothy S.heart icon on user image
    Timothy StateJanuary 24, 2016
    Great cocktail menu and a cozy rooftop space. If you are looking for a view, there are other rooftops that top Drumbar.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 13, 2017
    Drumbar's fire pit provides a great conversation starter while guests sip inside this sophisticated rooftop space. Read more
  • Sherry L.heart icon on user image
    Sherry LiJanuary 31, 2017
    Nice chill cocktail bar on the top floor of a hotel. Has a nice outdoor rooftop space as well.
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    DaviJuly 15, 2017
    One of my absolute favorite places in the city. Delicious cocktails, cool vibe, fun rooftop, good music.
  • Dana D.heart icon on user image
    Dana DanielleSeptember 8, 2016
    Great spot to grab cocktails with friends or a date! Line can be long during summer!
  • Ryan P.heart icon on user image
    Ryan PaveyMarch 10, 2019
    Great bar but the music is a bit loud which stops it being as cool as somewhere like the violet hour in wicker park
  • Lylann B.heart icon on user image
    Lylann BaughmanSeptember 16, 2015
    The Mixologists' are fantastic and it awesome to sit outside on the roof top patio!
  • Dmitriy S.heart icon on user image
    Dmitriy SandlerAugust 23, 2014
    Good music, great cocktails, excellent staff. Patio is very nice but may be difficult to find open table.
  • Heather M.heart icon on user image
    Heather MurrayMarch 15, 2015
    Go right at 5p for a dark, quiet, more intimate atmosphere. Drinks are fantastic.
  • Chicagoist
    ChicagoistAugust 1, 2014
    Bonus for scotch nerds: Drumbar is one of the few places in the city that stocks offerings from the exclusive Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. Read more
  • Sleeza
    SleezaJuly 19, 2014
    Patio wasn't open on a Friday night, inside was sweltering hot. The elevator up is a pain to get into, even as a hotel guest. Service was subpar. It's a cute lounge and the drinks were delicious.
  • Corey M.heart icon on user image
    Corey McGeeJuly 22, 2015
    Be prepared for long waits at the bar, as there are only two bartenders and everyone orders the complicated house cocktails.
  • DJ Tek aka Mr. Chicago
    Not the best rooftop. Doesn't have any view of the city. It's nice it your looking to give one on one attention to someone.
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KaminskiJanuary 8, 2016
    Love the rooftop and view!!! Awesome cocktails and ambiance
  • Rishad T.
    Rishad TobaccowalaDecember 29, 2012
    Go to say you have BUT this is a media created hot place. Better cocktails and food at Sable. Better drinks and atmosphere at Violet Hour. Better drinks in most places. Punch your ticket. Move on!
  • Nick P.
    Nick PintoJune 6, 2012
    Great atmosphere. A very distinguished place in the city. The staff is great as well!
  • Shannonagins J.
    Shannonagins J.August 17, 2013
    Dude! It's not an exclusive party!! Take elevator up as far as you can... Then take the stairs to 20! Your in. That's not exclusive!
  • SharLeneMiChele
    SharLeneMiCheleApril 14, 2013
    Great kickback chill lounge like bar... Try the Peared! Ask for Paul!!! ;)
  • Mark B.heart icon on user image
    Mark BauerMay 18, 2019
    Nice cocktail menu and great views
  • National Car Rental
    National Car RentalJanuary 3, 2013
    Located in Chicago’s Gold Coast, this sophisticated, speakeasy-style bar takes you up 200 feet to its energetic indoor seating and outdoor garden terrace.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsAugust 6, 2014
    The frozen Drumbar Horchata is delicious.
  • Nick F.
    Nick FruendtJuly 22, 2016
    Great rooftop bar and the DJ was absolutely killin it
  • Mary Kay H.
    Mary Kay HardcastleDecember 2, 2013
    The Portlandia: one of ten must try coffee cocktails by Zagat's
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MelilloMarch 3, 2013
    Awesome music. Chromeo followed by Hot Chip followed by Cut Copy followed by Twin Shadow.
  • Lorena F.
    Lorena FosterAugust 24, 2012
    Overly priced drinks. When they didn't even have a cucumber for the hendricks or their infamous rose cocktail even right when they open. Very chic and Posh place. Nice for summer.
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    EdJune 4, 2015
    Nice little spot. Fancy cocktails, not to my taste though.
  • Chris F.
    Chris FosterAugust 30, 2012
    Pretty place, view not as great as others say, drinks are ok.. If they have them, when even at opening last time they seemed to be lacking in. (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Cynthia D.
    Cynthia DrescherJuly 22, 2012
    DO NOT GO. No-shorts policy means we were security-escorted out of the bar because one of our party was wearing dressy shorts. And yet the drinkers in long ratty jeans & white tees stay.
  • Mark S.
    Mark SimpsonFebruary 1, 2013
    Great service, great drinks. A must when in Chicago.
  • Elissa K.
    Elissa K.May 19, 2013
    Service is so slow. 8 choices of wine and one was out. 15 minutes for cocktails to show up. 15 minutes for popcorn. Seriously. Serve the cheap popcorn at every table. Duh.
  • Guapologa
    GuapologaMarch 16, 2014
    I found this place weirdly boring for a Saturday night. Not the greatest cocktails. Not the best decoration. The outside area was closed because of snow... Not my fave spot
  • Lindsey T.
    Lindsey TodderudJuly 10, 2012
    great rose drink and ambiance but service all around was painfully slow and the food had a $4 service charge because there's no drumbar kitchen.
  • Kenney M.
    Kenney MarlattAugust 10, 2014
    Try a pour of DrumBar's exclusive Old Forester single barrel bourbon.
  • Tucker A.heart icon on user image
    Tucker AustMarch 18, 2017
    Cool place, but every employee I've interacted with has been rude.
  • Alex P.
    Alex PMay 27, 2014
    Great drinks & classy crowd.
  • Kristina N.heart icon on user image
    Kristina NielsenSeptember 10, 2014
    LOVE their cocktails
  • John F.
    John FSeptember 6, 2014
    Fabulous cocktail den, high in the sky.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley G.August 17, 2014
    Great drinks! Great music!
  • Zack S.
    Zack StollerJune 9, 2012
    Order the Honey without egg. It's awesome and smells great!
  • Giselle V.
    Giselle ValdezSeptember 2, 2014
    Great ambiance. No view really.
  • Rick L.
    Rick LesserAugust 11, 2013
    Great rooftop bar. I'm wearing shorts & I'm OK!
  • Duncan K.
    Duncan KimeJuly 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great cocktails. Can't go wrong.
  • Kathryn J.
    Kathryn JillApril 16, 2014
    18th-floor hotel oasis offers lake views
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