Ronero—the lavish new Caribbean/Latin American restaurant that opened last month in the West Loop—has opened their upstairs bar where guests hear live music and DJs and sip drinks mixed table side by bartenders pushing cocktail carts. Esco Bar is a Colombian-inspired cocktail den with a speakeasy vibe that’s only open late nights, three days a week.
Draft some thirsty friends to tackle Ronero’s two large-format drinks, designed for four to six people. There’s the Bombilla (Old Forester Signature bourbon, Benedictine Herbal Liqueur, stone-ground Yerba mate tea, lemon, mint) and the Cipitío (Martin Miller gin, Cointreau orange liqueur, ensalada mix—watercress, green apple, mango—pineapple, lemon). They cost $150 each. Both are also available a single cocktails for $13. But that’s not as fun because sharing is caring.
They’re calling their signature drink Leyenda de Guatemala. It’s too early to call anything legendary, but this one’s made with Zacapa XO, cocoa nib, coffee, Angostura, orange oil, and mezcal mist. Bartenders will also mix classic drinks like daiquiris, margaritas and mojitos. Drinks from Ronero’s downstairs’ drink list will also be available at Esco.
The bar’s entrance is the back, and they’ll see skylight and...ostrich leather chairs. They’re also offering bottle service so West Loopers can really feel like they’re ballers while listening to music or watching their bartender mix up a tasty beverage.
See the full drink list below. Esco Bar opens at 9 p.m. tonight. Oh, and say that name fast. ¡Que chiste!