Everything about the Peninsula Chicago, one of the world's top-rated hotels, gently whispers sophistication. When you're feeling like you need an evening of elegance, casually saunter through the towering lobby toward the Bar tucked away where a few dalliances have no doubt occurred. You may be tempted to order a rare whiskey or a fantastic bottle of bubbly, but trust the staff to shake a perfectly chilled Martini. With nearly 30 different vodkas, including Beluga Gold Line Noble Russian Vodka, Belvedere Intense: Unfiltered 80 proof and Purity, you'll have no trouble settling into your favorite cocktail or simply sipping your vodka on the rocks. Don't be surprised if you see an A-list celebrity hanging around the fireplace or corner couch having drinks. This is the Peninsula after all.
THE DRINK TO DRINK The Minted Rosemary Rose, made with Effen Cucumber Vodka, rosemary, mint, lime and rose water, is light, refreshing and goes down way too easily.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO The bar, led by hotel beverage director Erik Boyd, often stocks hard-to-find and unique spirits. The bottle you seek may not be on the menu, but don't be afraid to ask. Your wish may just get granted.