Opening Soon: Experiential Rooftop Lounge With Iconic City Views Z Bar—Chicago Crafted, Globally Inspired

Z Bar is a mixology-driven, urban oasis perched above Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, where inventive cocktails, cuisine and music delight the senses 

Located above Chicago’s iconic Michigan Avenue, Z Bar presents beautiful city views, an array of globally-inspired cocktails, boldly-flavored food and the latest tunes from around the world. After being transported to The Peninsula Chicago’s rooftop terrace via dedicated elevators cloaked in lush forest artistry, an intriguing world of new tastes, sounds and sights awaits. “We are thrilled to open the doors of Z Bar this June,” says Ms. Maria Zec, The Peninsula Hotels’ first female general manager, and the person after which ‘Z Bar’ is named. “We’ve collaborated to create a vibrant and immersive atmosphere that is inspired by the world’s cultural and culinary riches. It’s a space designed to delight and stimulate the senses through exciting and unusual experiences that both visiting guests and Chicago residents can enjoy. A must-see while in the city.” 

 Zec is not the only personality bringing a personal touch to Z Bar. The beverage menu is designed by Director of Cocktails and Culture, Vlad Novikov, a mixologist with a background in chemistry and classics. Novikov’s concepts feature a range of drinks brought to life through striking presentations and a focus on freshness. Some cocktails are made tableside from a roving cart, while others incorporate luxe touches such as gold leaf, caviar, tonics and spices sourced from around the globe. A smartly curated beer and extensive wine list round out the offerings.  Crafted by Executive Chef Toni Robertson, vibrant worldly flavors from Asia, Europe and the Americas adorn the food menu, all of which pair beautifully with Novikov’s offerings. Both small plates and shareable platters can be ordered, while exclusive food and beverage collaborations with cultural partners  highlight culinary creativity throughout the year. Internationally renowned DJ and producer, Alyson Calagna, is collaborating with Z Bar to transport guests with a global playlist developed exclusively for the bar. The vibe is casual and soulful, evolving and transitioning from day to night and across the seasons.  Guests can either lay back and enjoy the food, drinks and music with friends, or delve into a tailored, immersive experience, such as a mixology master class or a cocktail pairing session. The collaboration with Yabu Pushelberg – a firm recognized for their contemporary style of interior design means Z Bar presents a unique and sophisticated interior, with refined textures and bold graphic patterns. Z Bar features four distinct indoor settings, plus a private salon and a lively outdoor terrace from which iconic views of the John Hancock building, the historic Water Tower and other Michigan Avenue landmarks can be enjoyed. As Z Bar’s opening month of June 2018 draws closer, more information will be revealed about the cocktails, cuisine, music, programming and personalities that visitors can look forward to experiencing. 

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