When you want a view that's as inspired as your drink.
Originally Appeared on Condé Nast Traveler
Set the scene: what's the vibe?
If you like your city experience with a heavy dash of artistic whimsy, then the Grand Bohemian hotel delivers this in spades. The rooftop garden attached to dining room Elevé carries the aesthetic into a playful outdoor space, replete with colorful easy chairs, satin-lined day loungers, oversized plant pots and bright green, turf-like carpeting that makes for a playful, tea-party-like ambience.
Who else are you seeing here?
The hotel and restaurant attract a well-dressed, art-savvy crowd that define New South style (ditching the seersucker and conservative uniforms for a dashing line of elegance). The busier times make for a wonderfully Alice in Wonderland-like scene, all manner of interesting creatures sipping drinks amid the charmingly off-kilter décor.
How about the drinks: Delicious and innovative, or standard and well-made?
The whimsy permeates the cocktail list without being too precious about things. Earl Grey-infused gin makes an appearance, as do reposado tequilas and a dose of good old Knob Creek bourbon and rye. There’s a small but well-informed beer selection, and the 50-strong wine list is as good as you’ll find anywhere in town.
Should I order some food, or get dinner elsewhere?
The full menu of the restaurant is available for outdoor consumption, though there’s only one real row of tables, so it might be inelegant to order a huge meal if you’re on one of the loungers. Their wonderful charcuterie plate is among the most suitable offerings.
How was the service?
The staff’s jollity adds to the fabulous environs, but everyone still has an encyclopedic knowledge of their drinks and wine menus.
What’s the real-real on why we’re coming here?
It’s something different, an arty, whimsical reimagining of a rooftop bar.
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