Z Bar: inspired alfresco rooftop destination opens at The Peninsula Chicago

Z Bar: inspired alfresco rooftop destination opens at The Peninsula Chicago
Z Bar. Photo: Neil Burger

The new Z Bar that opens today at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago offers a luxury alfresco destination for those looking for something extra. The space evokes a James Bond  timeless sophistication and elegance, with iconic views, international cuisine and inspired drinks.

Set above Chicago’s magical Michigan Avenue, Z Bar celebrates the city while guiding visitors on an immersive journey inspired by the world’s cultural and culinary riches.

The contemporary interior, exclusively designed global playlist and calendar of cultural happenings help define the one-of-a-kind atmosphere. The name “Z Bar” is inspired by Maria Zec, The Peninsula Hotels’ first-ever female general manager, whose passion for creating memorable experiences brings together winning teams of chefs, mixologists and specialists.

Photo: Grant Kessler

Photo: Grant Kessler

Here's what you can expect to find at Z Bar:

Finely Crafted Cocktails

Cocktails are crafted with exceptional ingredients and inspiration, served in fine glassware with rare garnishes aimed to surprise. Z Bar’s drinks are imaginative and sophisticated, international and playful. A Manhattan Royale stars rare Elijah Craig 18-Year-Old Bourbon with truffle or saffron bitters served in handmade crystal over ice laced with 24-karat gold. Carbonated, bottled CoZmos (or Cosmopolitans) can be ordered five at a time in a Champagne bucket. Disco Fever, with Absolut Elyx, comes in a large-format disco ball.

The Views

Comfortable rooftop offers seating options from tables to cushy chairs and sofas. Photo: carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Comfortable rooftop offers seating options from tables to cushy chairs and sofas. Photo: carole Kuhrt-Brewer

The outdoor terrace and the private salon’s adjoining exterior space offer views of Lake Michigan, the Hancock, the historic Water Tower while connecting guests to the bustling city energy emanating from below.

The Tunes

Soulful tunes and funky rhythms from around the world change by the hour, even by the cocktail, courtesy of renowned DJ and international music producer Alyson Calagna. 

The Cuisine

Mixed in with the white small plates, you may get one of Zbars signiture plates like this pug. (also abailable for purchase in the gift shop). Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Mixed in with the white small plates, you may get one of Zbars signiture plates like this pug. (also abailable for purchase in the gift shop). Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Small plates and shared platters nod to the cuisines of Asia, Europe and the Americas. When paired with cocktails, it’s a wholly inventive culinary journey around the globe. Marrow Poppers, Z Bar’s version of tater tots, hide a decadent filling of bone marrow and Bordelaise. Sprinkled with malt vinegar and Hawaiian pink salt, Beef Cracklings, made with beef tendon, are similar to beer-friendly pork rinds, while Daikon Frites dressed with Chinese lap cheong, garlic chives and a spiced tomato jam dial up the savory flavors.

The Vibe

Conceived by international icons Yabu Pushelberg, the bar is made up of a progression of lounges, each with their own personality designed to beckon you further inside. The lounges are bathed in refined textures with bold patterns, scenic murals, a dramatic skylight, floor-to-ceiling windows and an enduring portrait of a pug.

About Z Bar

What: Z Bar

Where: 108 E. Superior Street

Hours: Monday through Thursday, 2:00 pm to midnight; Friday and Saturday, noon to 2:00 am; and Sunday, noon to midnight.  

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