The Ski Lodge is a hidden bar inside Superfrico, a place where art, quirks, and spectacle come together in an experiential Italian restaurant. The secluded lounge is more low-key, living up to its name with wood paneling, winter-themed decor, and digital windows to showcase snowy landscapes. Niko Novick's cocktail menu is always eclectic, frequently evolving with seasonal updates. Current highlights include Dick's Milk Punch (a tropical Old Fashioned with a fresh splash of pineapple juice) and Ultraviolence, which despite the aggressive name, is a sweet daiquiri that tastes like carrot cake. Sticky Pajamas is a lychee martini with aquafaba instead of egg whites for a gentle foam on top. If you have money to burn, a modified Vieux Carre with Louis XIII and WhistlePig Boss Hog is a mere $250. Whatever you drink, ask for a crispy square-shaped pizza or kit for roasting marshmallows. Every now and then, performers from the neighboring OPM variety show stop by to add a splash of entertainment to the festivities.
How to get in: Enter the main entrance of Superfrico and ask for directions.
The adventurous spirit of Superfrico carries over to the Ski Lodge, the restaurant's semi-secret side lounge with an après-ski theme and image. The wall of toy penguins and digital screens of snowy landscapes are a fun touch, but you're really here for the cocktails, which are exceptionally weird and creative. No classics. Half the menu falls under an "Izakaya" category (since Japan has skiing… right?) with a focus on Asian spirits and flavor profiles. Inventive touches include a green tea syrup infused with Greek yogurt in the Sakura Maru and demerara house-washed with almonds in the Yakuza. If you get hungry, order one of four different personal pizzas; thick and square with crispy cheese along the edges.