Vol. 39 - Chicago
Overlooking the bustling foot traffic in the Financial District, Vol. 39 positions itself as an upscale cocktail lounge to wind down in after a hectic day at the office. Its vibe is meant to resemble a traditional law library, with plenty of leather-bound books throughout the space and low-slung leather chairs and banquettes on which to settle down.
Vol. 39 attracts a healthy number of guests staying at the Kimpton Gray Hotel, who blend in seamlessly with those who work in the area. One of the bar's biggest attractions is its unique Old Fashioned program, where imbibers may swap out the usual whiskey spirit in favor of brandy, cognac, mezcal or tequila. Guests may also order from a list of classic cocktails (Negroni, Prescription Sazerac), contemporary drinks and more. And for those who prefer martinis, Vol. 39 offers a nice selection as a flight for $25.
Edibles consist of small plates, with the highlights the caviar, dessert and artisanal cheese carts coming directly to guests' tables.