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Occupying prime real estate atop the Raffaello Hotel in the heart of the Gold Coast, Drumbar invites patrons into what amounts to a real-life Bacardi commercial, all for the price of a craft cocktail. In what Chicago Eater's "Where to Drink in Chicago Right Now" characterizes as a "hip, modern terrace" lined with freestanding fireplaces and a perimeter of greenery, guests sip on seasonal craft cocktails, such as the Ol' One Two, swimming with Hennessy Black, Bonne Maman Blackberry Jam, Stirrings Ginger Liqueur, Chambord, and a dash of lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Inside, dark coffee tones lend rock-solid regality to everything in the space, from the plush leather sofas to the trim on the picture windows. But the darkened comfort isn’t without its playfulness; lime green barstools pop beneath the bar’s sleek, speckled surface. After opening in June, 2012, Drumbar poached former executive chef of Aviary, Craig Schoettler, to spearhead the docket of spirits and mix-'em-ups. There, the tinkering drink-smith, a culinary artist of sorts named one of Zagat's "Chicago 30 Under 30," elevates even bottle service. With his "Tasting Kits"–which start at $300-–tables take in a curated experience that pairs St. George Gin and dry rye with botanivore and terroir, ice spheres, tonic, and a bouquet of lemon peel and lime wedges for good measure. Though the bar enforces a strict dress code after 8 p.m., patrons can step out to the rooftop and enjoy a bucket of Corona with friends in their breeziest attire before then.