Make Friends with JIMMY in Chicago at The James Hotel
The James Chicago has always been a bona fide "cool" spot for boutique hotel lovers as well as "food enthusiasts" but now it's destined to be the place for (refined) drinkers with its new JIMMY Chicago bar.
A spin-off of the popular spot JIMMY at the James Hotel in New York, this Windy City Jimmy is done by the same partners, David Rabin, Larry Poston and Johnny Swet. While it doesn't have a killer rooftop location, it does have a semi-secret entrance.
JIMMY is located behind the new Burke's Bacon Bar, the sandwich shop from Chef David Burke. And yes, that's located inside the hotel as well. Here are some step-by-step directions to getting into JIMMY:
Enter through the side of the hotel, then walk to the back of Burke’s Bacon Bar thorough a small vestibule room lined with sparkling chrome ball chain curtains.
Once inside, you'll find a "jewel box of a cocktail bar" designed by Thomas Schlesser, reminiscent of the 1970s with earth tones, bronze surfaces, lounge chairs, a wood-paneled bar and sexy low lighting.
But what will catch your eye the most is the cocktail menu, which is inspired by cinema. JIMMY partner and NYC star mixologist, Johnny Swet, has hand-crafted each drink such as the Bondsman (apple brandy, vodka, lime, cranberry juice, agave and seltzer) and the Mexican Julep (tequila, watermelon, lime, agave and cilantro muddled in a silver cup with crushed ice.)
Classic JIMMY cocktails from NYC will also make appearances on the menu including the Grilled Pineapple Mojito but there is one drink made especially for Chicago--the Dirty Little Secret done with vodka, dry vermouth, olive brine, celery bitters, lemon and infused with a drop of A1 sauce.
Drinks range from $14-$17 and will also include a small batch of artisanal spirits, along with an extensive list of wines by the glass, champagnes, beers and ales as well as a small food menu. Good thing, because we're going to need to coat our stomach before a few dirty secrets.
[Photos: JIMMY Chicago]