On a cool, grey, overcast summer Sunday in Chicago, #52EIGHTY is a top-notch rooftop lounge that conquers the sky-lounge culture that hovers above this metropolitan city. Today my chief operating officer and I are reviewing the 52EIGHTY sky-lounge in Chicago.
We ordered three mules each and for good reason. Each one we tasted got better, and since we ordered them ver a period of 3.6 hours, “the buzz” isn’t what enhanced the taste. for starters the 52EIGHTY mule looses an entire star to our infamous rule: no copper cups, no five-stars. This swanky sky lounge serves their mule up in classic glass. Of course I asked for light ice as usual (for all three). The 52EIGHTY mule was absolutely refreshing. All three mules tasted like refreshing lemonade on a cool summer evening in Chicago.
The lemonade saturated mule isn’t my favorite but the experience you get with it is definitely my favorite. The environment in which you enjoy your beverage is possibly more important than the beverage itself, and 52EIGHTY is one of most amazing environments and settings to try a mule at period. 22,000 sq ft. up in the sky with a the current highest, sky lounge view available in the city. The drinks here can certainly get exquisite and the food most certainly compliments the altitude and the ambiance. The 52EIGHTY mule would have won me over with a lot more ginger to give it a truly carbonated bite, perhaps a little tonic even.
The food is absolutely 5 clean stars offering variety, comfort, and delicacy all in one menu. The service is always on point out of my 5 visits each totaling well over $100 per visit for every two people on a modest budget. Needless to say the setting will cost nicely to enjoy entirely, but you can always order less, and enjoy the view more. Generally the audience is not over crowded and generous seating is available. This is hands down my “favorite” spot in Chicago. For a small gathering of people to intermingle in the out doors with a unique setting.
The buzz of the 52EIGHTY mule is hefty for light drinkers, and solid for seasoned drinkers. Three mules were satisfying enough and my personal tolerance is pretty high, plus I had plenty to eat prior to drinking. I do believe the 52EIGHTY mule can use some special attention to give it a unique twist and I highly recommend it as a featured menu option once they find their flavor.
FOOD: 5/5 STARS
SETTING: 6/5 STARS
DRINKS 4/5 STARS
THE MULE @52EIGHTY: (3.6 STARS)