Terrace at the Peninsula
May 11, 2018
The opulent flower-bedecked Terrace bar at the Peninsula hotel an offshoot of the Shanghai Terrace restaurant – is a glamorous open air spot with an exotic Asian air. There are gauzy crimson curtains dividing up the jewel-like space and flickering tealights glitter on the table tops. Colourful cushion-strewn daybeds are dotted about the place with Chicago’s many cloud-scraping towers providing a cinematic backdrop. The Asian theme is reflected in the seasonal cocktail menu with featured drinks including the lavish Golden Memory, which comes with a 24K gold leaf garnish. It’s an aromatic concoction made with infused Chinese wine, Absolut Oriental Apple and Absolut Peppar. Their bottled Prosperity cocktail blends tequila, peach liqueur and fresh lemon and their Asian bar snacks are also well worth sampling. Service is as smooth and cucumber-cool as you’d expect and the drinks are all beautifully presented. The views are incredible and when the sun is setting and the weather is at its best, there are few better places to be in the city, though it’s worth noting such luxury comes at a cost and those covetable daybeds come with a hefty minimum spend attached. You’ll need deep pockets if you’re planning on spending an evening here.