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A Good Thing in a Small (Sidewalk) Package: La Terrasse at Le Bar

Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

Patio alert! The Gold Coast's sidewalk-sipping-slash-people-watching real estate has increased by 32 seats with the opening of La Terrasse, an extension of the Sofitel Chicago Water Tower's Le Bar

While this tiny triangle arrangement of a few white sofas and chairs can't compete with the high-in-the-sky glitz of nearby rooftop lounges at the Park Hyatt Chicago, the Dana Hotel and Spa and the Affinia Hotel, the understated appeal of La Terrasse isn't lost on The Chaser. 

After all, cocktail bliss is not always found in long elevator waits; 100 people vying for the one square foot of standing room you're attempting to occupy; or the wild temptation to accidentally hurl your BlackBerry over a 29th-floor railing just to watch it smash on the concrete below. 

Sometimes you only need a comfortable outdoor seat, a cold glass of Champagne, a few of Sofitel chef Martial Noguier's elegant pintxo appetizers (small slices of bread topped with various ingredients and held together with skewers, $5 for two) and one special friend with whom you might sparklingly converse. 

Doesn't that sound like Happy Hour, defined? 

VIP reservations at La Terrasse are available for small groups; call 312.324.4062.



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