The building material used to reinforce concrete structures is known as rebar. Fifty thousand tons of the stuff were used to construct the Trump International Hotel & Tower
, but don't expect to see anything resembling a construction site upon entering this swanky bar and lounge on the mezzanine level of the building.
A marble staircase leads from the lobby to the elegant room, which offers views of the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue Bridge from the 30-foot floor-to-ceiling windows. If you can tear yourself away from the scenery, the bar is the perfect place to perch, while the table and lounge seating present a more intimate setting (you may have to pay for bottle service if you want to sit in these areas). There is also a 25-seat VIP room overlooking the pristine lobby below. Throughout the space, black-and-white photos dot the walls.
Rebar's Liquid Kitchen serves concoctions like the High Voltage (Patron Anejo tequila, limoncello and freshly squeezed lemon and lime, $14) and French absinthe ($13), in addition to selections of wine, whiskey, bourbon, sake, cognac and half and full bottles of champagne. And what would a Trump bar be without a bottle of Trump vodka?
Centerstage Reviewer: Janis Mabalay