Parc Ave is a lounge bar on the outskirts of Yorkville serving carefully selected premium cocktails in a chic lounge environment.
Located on the second floor at 265 Davenport Road, the space is divided into three regions – the Gold Onyx Bar to the right of the stairwell entrance and the Jade Room and Ruby Bar to the left.
All three are built like a roundabout where you can move freely through each room at different times of the night when they are all open on Fridays and Saturdays.
The Gold Onyx Bar is also open weekdays on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
It is adorned with lush pink sofas and a golden aura radiating from all points surrounding the bar counter. This 28-seat space is smaller, but offers a much more intimate service experience.
Pass a photo wall showing Hollywood movie stars and through shady greenery.
This is where you will find the Jade Room, where the Ruby Bar is also located. Rows of red velvet sectionals make up this larger lounge space which offers bottle service as well as a much tighter cocktail menu.
The lighting is cozy here, and it’s meant for large groups who want to grab an after-dinner cocktail and carry on the night’s festivities in style.
Ben Kingstone, Parc Ave’s beverage manager, says he had a lot of creative freedom when it came to developing the beverage concoction here.
It is backed by Harlo Entertainment Group and Travis Agresti, a restaurateur who has partnered with the ownership and operations of Parc Ave.
Kingstone has had his fair share in the luxury liquor business, creating drink menus for Hotel X’s Valerie Bar.
Now he’s concocted unique pairings for the more than 30 different cocktails served here that are meant to change with the seasons.
Here’s the thing about ordering a drink at Parc Ave, you’re not just going to watch someone mix juice and liquor and add a lime garnish with your bare hands.
When you sit down you will be greeted with a cold towel to cool you off from the summer heat outside (towels will be served warm in the winter).
Everything here is about precision, class, patience, cocktail art, really. You pay for what’s in the glass but also for the spectacle that follows as you watch the bartender prepare your drink.
Order what you feel like, then get ready for calculated pours, detailed use of tongs and strainers, and a handful of tricks and drink squirts to develop flavor and taste.
Harry’s Rabbit ($36) is the house version of an espresso martini at Parc Ave. Coffee Butter Roe and Co Irish Whiskey are shaken with egg whites.
Splashes of Fernet Branca – an Italian bitter and hazelnut liqueur follow with a cold infusion of salty vanilla to top off this sweet drink.
Don’t forget the mini chocolate and coffee cream cone served alongside – every cocktail here comes with an edible component.
The Devil’s Advocate ($24.00) has a base of Campari summer berries combined with Cacao Cinzano – an Italian vermouth, adding the rich ruby color to this drink.
The sparkling rose finishes off the glass creating fizz in your sips and a garnish of burnt orange, which you can squeeze into the drink or decide to eat.
If all the booze gives you a bit of a buzz, why not tone it down with some of the various bar snacks Parc Ave has to offer.
Kaluga Gold Caviar ($165.00) is served with potato chips and grated toppings like red onion, green onion and sour cream, meant to be piled on top of the fries.
Caviar might be a bit advanced for you, but they also have simpler options like truffle popcorn and hot pretzel.
Who doesn’t like a good bubble of smoke on their cocktail? It’s fun to pop and looks cool in photos. Brusier’s Bill ($24.00) gives you just that in a pre-chilled long-stemmed martini glass.
Here’s what you’ll taste in this drink: Pink Peppercorn Tanqueray, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc — a French aperitif adding hints of citrus and absinthe.
Plus, cocoa butter, chocolate bitters, and Palo Santo also impart a smoky flavor.
You might be wondering what that next contraption is, it’s an ice maker meant to shape spheres of ice used inside Parc Ave’s most expensive cocktail — the Sazerac ($135.00).
The upper part of this machine slowly compresses the block of ice, forming it into a perfect circle for a highball glass.
You might also be wondering who sets the price of a cocktail over $100? I’m here to tell you that Parc Ave does and it’s due to the amount of Vintage Reserve alcohol used in this drink.
Such as Remy XO and Michter US 1 Sour Mash Whiskey keeping this one on the bitter side, with Peychaud bitters, sugar syrup and a mini dollop of caviar.
The sleek, glazed exterior of Park Ave invites you into the warmly lit interior that sits near Davenport and Avenue Road.