Wine n' Cheese
L'Etage Wine & Cocktail Bar
Opened in March and sitting directly above much-loved sister restaurant Brasserie 54 by LM, L’Etage Wine and Cocktail Bar is Chicago’s newest spot for sophisticated drinks. Hailing from the same esteemed restaurateur Nicole Quaisser, this second-floor French bar is a stylish 40-seat space in burgundy and slate grey with leather seating, a working stone fireplace, private tasting room and an intimate balcony overlooking the Brasserie 54 patio.
Overflowing with spirits from Belvedere and Fair Quinoa vodkas to Makers Mark whiskey and Henry du Yore bourbon, the dark wood bar also stocks Benraich 12-year scotch along with a suave range of cocktail ingredients from Dolin vermouth to Bitter Truth Crème de Violette and Combier orange. For creative concoctions, choose the Crème Brulee Martini of vodka, crème anglaise and vanilla bean with a caramel powdered rim, or the tangy Stormy Gale cocktail with Old New Orleans cajun spiced rum, lime juice, Bittermen’s Burlesque bitters, ginger beer and black pepper. They also combine the best of French indulgence with a selection of cheese and charcuterie plates, perfect for pairing with any of the 11 red and 13 white French and American wines by the glass. Twist your own arm, and make it a flight! Santé!