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As a Drink Editor I receive a lot of requests for restaurant, bar and nightlife recommendations. So I started a blog to chronicle Chicago's social scene which eventually morphed into New York's drinking and dining scene. After years in Chicago, I'm now a full time resident of NYC, the East Village to be exact. Look forward to sharing the latest and greatest from the wine & spirits world, straight from the Big Apple.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lolla Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel

This Cheeky writer snagged a VIP pass to the Music Lounge at Hard Rock Hotel Chicago and, let me tell you, as a three year veteran of not only the lounge, but Lolla as a whole, this is one of the highlights of the weekend. The Music Lounge is an exclusive three day VIP/Artist retreat where the perks include gifting (by Griffin, Café Bustelo, Blue Mic, Dickies), a tattoo parlor (for reals), training sessions from DavidBartonGym, as well as fab food from China Grill, cocktails and coffee drinks at the Music Lounge Cafe.

Seriously, the Hard Rock Hotel knows how to do it up, rockstar style

Not only is the Music Lounge a to-die-for experience, but Base Bar is just as cool.

Little insider info for ya: it’s called the Base Bar not only because of the obvious music reference, but because the bar is located in the Carbine & Carbon historical building and both elements are bases…interesting.

Pop into Base Bar anytime this weekend and a FREE cocktail. Yep, there is something in life that is free. From 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday-Sunday during the festival, Base Bar is serving FREE Lolla cocktails sponsored by UV Vodka and FECKiN Irish Whiskey, including The Rockstar Special, Killers Cocktail, Lolla Lemonade, Depeche Mode on the Hard Rocks and VIP Spiced Punch.

Or opt for one of these:

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah(s)…I Need a Drink: Stoli Vanilla Vodka, lychee puree, rose water and fresh lime

Sex on Fire: Templeton Rye Whiskey, espresso, Angostura bitters and blood orange vinegar

A Glass of Glasvegas: Tito’s Handcrafted Vodka, muddled cucumber & honeydew melon, fresh squeezed lime and a splash of soda


Jbar at the James Hotel is one of best spots to party post or pre-concert. Kanye popped by last year and hosted his official after party and you never know who may make an appearance. This year they’re celebrating with themed drink specials on Friday and Saturday night. Go for The Vampire Weekend – a specialty drink based on the favorite band made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka (so good!), Chambord, club soda and lime over ice. Still wearing your Lolla wristband? Fab. All Lolla drinks are only $5 for you. Regular price is $12. What’s more, if you need some pre-concert sustenance, the 40 Day Dry Aged burgers from David Burke’s Primehouse are only $5 from 6 - 9 pm on Friday.

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