JIMMY at The James Chicago, opening this weekend, brings a 1970’s vibe to its craft cocktail menu which is inspired by classic cinema.
Following the success of a New York location, JIMMY Chicago is located discreetly behind the new Burke’s Bacon Bar.
“We’re excited to bring JIMMY to Chicago as we’ve long admired the city’s dynamic and influential restaurant and bar scene,” says partner David Rabin. “We’re thrilled to open our little jewel box of a cocktail bar in a prime downtown location at The James.”
Featuring a cool, contemporary atmosphere, JIMMY is great for post-work or pre-dinner cocktails as well as a prime location to finish off the evening with a nightcap.
Designed by James Beard award winning designer Thomas Schlesser, the interior design pays homage to the 1970’s lounge scene coupled with modern day flare. JIMMY features a unique entrance allowing patrons to enter the space through a private door adjacent to the hotel.
The menu is inspired by iconic cinema, which presented cocktail culture in a sleek and accessible manner. Partner Johnny Swet brings his mixology know-how to develop a carefully curated menu featuring classic drinks infused with seasonal an unexpected ingredients with a hint of humor. Offered for $15-$18, each drink is hand-crafted by Swet and utilize locally sourced and in-house ingredients.
Sample cocktail menu items include the Bondsman (apple brandy, vodka, lime, cranberry juice, agave and seltzer, Cucumber Vesper (gin, vodka, lillet, lemon and garnished with cracked white peppercorns) and the Mexican Julep (tequila, watermelon, lime, agave and cilantro muddled in a silver cup with crushed ice). Some of JIMMY’s classic cocktails will appear on the well-rounded menu including the Grilled Pineapple Mojito (rum, grilled pineapple, lime with muddled mint, topped with soda) along with newcomers such as a Chicago-style dirty martini – the Dirty Little Secret (vodka, dry vermouth, olive brine, celery bitters, lemon and infused with a drop of A1 sauce).
JIMMY will also feature an exclusive list of small batch and artisanal spirits, from both local and worldwide distilleries as well as an extensive list of wines by the glass, champagnes, beers and ales.
A special food menu includes offerings such as Goat Cheese Fondue with basil, roasted peppers, capers and black olive with toasted baguette.
Well known fashion designer and native Chicagoan, Maria Pinto, was commissioned to design the signature look for the cocktail waitresses, with Bianca Jagger inspired designs in a striking, midnight blue.