The Roof at The Wit Hotel has been dubbed THE bar to see and be seen at before the summer’s up, and judging by the hour-long lines, everyone’s trying to sneak a peak before the cold front rolls in. Spanning the 27th floor of the new hotel, the Roof boasts beautiful views of downtown Chicago, a sophisticated small plates menu, and a sleek, open-air bar space.
Two square bars with fire pits in their centers divide the main outdoor space in half, which is then bordered by white cushy
booths and lounges. There’s not much space to stand around the bar and many tables are reserved, so your best bet is to hover around a group who you think might be leaving and pounce when the time is right.
If you plan on heading over for happy hour, don’t be surprised if you find yourself at the end of a line that doesn’t seem to be moving. To keep up with its “rep”, the Roof bouncers made sure a line lingered at all times, and in typical club fashion, let the “special” people in over the general crowd.
Small plates like the Salmon Crudo and Roasted Artichokes made for a light and delicious after-work snack, but don’t plan on getting filled up at the Roof unless you’re planning on dishing out the cash…those small plates add up to one BIG bill. While the wine and beer menu was extensive, the specialty cocktail menu was disappointingly small with only six cocktails to choose from. The highlight was the Blueberry Caipiroska made with Stoli blueberry, fresh lime, blueberries, and sugar.
The Roof is definitely worth checking out, but if you haven’t played hooky yet this summer, try and get there at 3:00 PM when it opens (1pm Friday and the weekends) to avoid the line.
The Roof at The Wit Hotel
201 N. State Street
Chicago, IL 60601