Party Earth Review Although it lacks the views of ROOF on theWit, the Phoenix Lounge does offer a sleek atmosphere for well-to-do hotel guests and party hoppers looking for a quieter spot to linger over intricate cocktails before heading... ... read full review
201 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60601
Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple Express Lines: State/Lake; Red Line: Lake
Tu–Th 4–10pm, F–Sa 4–11pm
The Loop, Chicago –
Although it lacks the views of ROOF on theWit, the Phoenix Lounge does offer a sleek atmosphere for well-to-do hotel guests and party hoppers looking for a quieter spot to linger over intricate cocktails before heading to the clubs or live theater venues nearby.
Situated in theWit’s mezzanine, the space gives a nod to its name with a pair of impressive bird-wing chandeliers and a large phoenix mural, while intimate groupings of plush velvet couches and cushy club chairs provide a living room feel perfect for relaxing conversation.
Sophisticated couples nibble upscale snacks at the candlelit café tables overlooking the lobby, though hungrier patrons waiting for a table at Cibo Matto, the hotel’s restaurant, tend to congregate at the bar, whetting their appetites with a martini in the glow of a glass sculpture that doubles as a liquor cabinet.
A small perch near the stairway hosts emerging acoustic artists and local house DJs later in the week, while rainy or overcrowded nights means the stream of good-looking club-goers that were headed for the ROOF make a detour to Phoenix instead, mingling with the other pretty people over a signature Phoenix Fizz (gin, egg white, and orange flower water).
Though Phoenix Lounge may not be a destination spot, it’s an easy choice for starting the night with a few drinks and some mellow music before heading up or heading out.
You don’t need ROOF to have a full night at theWit. Start in the Phoenix Lounge for a few delicious cocktails, and then rent out theWit's private screening room, SCREEN, for a plush and private movie night for you and forty of your closest friends. Who says premieres only happen in LA?
Attractive ROOF patrons, sophisticated hotel guests, and pre-theater couples, mid-20s to late 30s.
Live acoustic and instrumental music acts or DJs spinning mostly club and house Thursdays through Saturdays.
Small plates menu.
Small plates $6–$18. Beer $6, wine $10–$25/glass or $44–$150/bottle, cocktails $14. Valet $15 up to two hours, $26 up to eight hours.
Upscale casual, business, or club wear: cocktail dresses, day dresses, slinky skirts and tops, button-downs, jackets, suits, sport coats, jeans.
Thursdays through Saturdays for live music or DJs, or any rainy day in summer when the ROOF crowd heads indoors.
Angels & Kings (230 North Michigan Avenue), a swanky lounge owned by Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz, is located in the lobby of the nearby Hard Rock Hotel.