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At Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago, cocktailers in the mezzanine level lounge, Rebar, are wowed by views that create a feeling of floating over the Chicago River. East-facing, floor-to-ceiling windows bring in light during the day and showcase an illuminated city and Michigan Avenue Bridge at night. Clusters of chairs and lounge seating dot the room; stools line the main bar and a nearby marble standing bar provides the perfect place to perch if you're standing in stilettos. Though you'll still feel like you're in a hotel bar despite the swanky atmosphere, homey touches such as glass vases and framed black-and-white photographs of architectural imagery help create a cozier atmosphere. A couple wall panels showcasing an enormous close-up of a Caravaggio print add a touch of drama. (The name, by the way, is a nod to the reinfornced bar, or rebar, used to support concrete structures; there are more than 50,000 tons of rebar used in the construction of the Trump.)
The mixology mentality at Rebar is called "liquid kitchen"-drinks made with fresh-squeezed juices and fresh herbs and spices. Shut your eyes and imagine sipping the lavish Dreams-available by the punch bowl or glass-made with P.I.N.K. vodka muddled with strawberries and lime, all topped off with rose champagne. Since this is Trump's tower, impress your guests and order from a wide selection of champagnes, sakes or premium, rare spirits. Bar bites will be anything but standard: An ever-evolving Neo Japanese menu created by Sixteen chef Frank Brunacci features sushi, sashimi and more.