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  • client Jose Garces
  • location Chicago, IL
  • status Completed 2012
  • photographer
  • area 1,500 SF

Drumbar takes the speakeasy-style bar to the next level — 200 feet up to be exact. Perched atop the 18th floor of the Raffaello Hotel, the existing architecture of the historic building built in 1925, provided much of the inspiration for the design. The goal was to preserve and respect the inherent historical components of the space, while adding a layer of elements that are modern, sharp and fresh. Upon arrival, guests are welcomed into the warmly lit indoor space by walls wrapped in gold flecked wallpaper, original 14’ high arched windows, and a white marble bar where cocktails are the focus. Opposite the main bar, groups can find sanctuary in one of the dark alcoves, furnished with rich brown tufted leather banquettes, one of which offers a custom gas fireplace. The lounge area is a dramatic space east of the main bar, with 20’ high ceilings, dark wood panels, and a custom-designed antique brass light fixture.

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