Your visit to Hawaii is probably mostly centered around beach time in the sun, so take your drinks right to the brink of the sea at The Edge. The ocean laps up against this restaurant and bar. The tropical cocktails utilize local Hawaiian products where possible, but to truly get the most out of your island tipple, take it to the infinity pool. You can either tan with a drink on one of the lounge chairs set in the pool’s shallow end or grab one of the complementary floaties and bob in the tranquil breeze.
When you put the word “bar” right in the name of your hotel, you better thrown down some serious drinks. True to its name, The Modern serves some confidently nouveau cocktails, which aptly incorporate lesser known ingredients like damiana, aquavit, macadamia essence and wild hyssop. The real draw is their happy hour, which knocks $3 off their already reasonably priced drinks, bringing some down to $7 (that’s a steal for macadamia essence, mind you). And don’t sleep through the hotel’s brunch either, when you can nab a Bloody Mary spiked with fish sauce and a tequila-and-amaro espresso beverage.
The Cindy’s website implores you to, “Feast with us,” but the bar is as much a feast for the eyes as its fare is for the belly. A frequent Instagram star, the bar above the uber hip Chicago Athletic Association is a divine place to hang among the clouds. Given the magical ambiance the bar achieves at sunset, it’s no surprise the cocktails are referred to as potions and elixirs. We’re especially fans of the dessert menu’s “burning potions,” winter warmers like the Champurrado and Churro, made with Bénédictine, Tempus Fugit crème de cacao, masa, single origin Mexican chocolate, almond, milk, ancho and cinnamon, served with a churro.
Maybe it’s the funky lamps hanging from the ceiling. Maybe it’s the free truffle popcorn served with drinks. Maybe it’s the inventive craft cocktails with fantastic names like Goodnight Moon (with moonshine) and Backwoods Breakfast (with bacon-infused Irish whiskey). Whatever it is that draws you to Plat 99, you’ll want to stick around awhile. If truffle popcorn proves to be not enough to stand up to the many, many delicious cocktails you’ll inevitably down, do yourself a favor and order up some Cuban sliders and bourbon maple cornbread.