O Bar at Ambassador Hotel Midtown, 1200 N. Walker Ave., now has what is perhaps the very best rooftop view of downtown. O Bar is on the seventh floor of the Ambassador, and it has access to a rooftop on the west side of the building that features an amazing view south toward downtown, as well as north and west.
The Ambassador opened in late March, and already, the bar is seeing a brisk business. O Bars manager, Jeff Cole, said the spring cocktail list is finalized and features original cocktails from bartender Donny Sizemore and
Cole himself. Sizemores cocktail, the Endless Summer, is a blend of Pisco Brandy, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, caramelized pineapple, lemon and Creole bitters. Cole said Sizemore was shooting for an aristocratic Pisco Sour, something that would give guests a mental vacation with each sip.
Strong Tonic, one of Oklahomas newest beverage companies, inspired Coles creation, the Tiki Tonic. Cole said Strong Tonics owner and founder
Glenn Forester was the first customer at O Bar, so Cole wanted to feature Foresters locally made hibiscus tonic in the Tiki Tonic.
Forester asked for a specific flavor profile, so Cole combined four-year slow-aged white Nicaraguan rum, overproof Jamaican rum, blended Jamaican rum, Hibiscus Strong Tonic, pineapple drinking vinegar, lemon juice and a splash of soda. Its a complex, fruity, aromatic cocktail that sold briskly thanks to word of mouth.
Packards New American Kitchen, 201 NW 10th St., officially opened its rooftop bar on March 29. The view from Packards is straight south, so the Devon tower is dead center. Bar manager Nick Schaeffer said the spring cocktail menu is still being tweaked, but it definitely includes the Strong Arm, another cocktail featuring Hibiscus Strong Tonic.
Schaeffer combined the hibiscus tonic with Earl Grey tea-infused London dry gin and a squeeze of lime. The cocktail is dry and refreshing, with the hibiscus and lime adding wonderful aromatics. The bar can be accessed through the restaurant or directly by using the stairs just west of Packards main entrance.
Flint, 15 N. Robinson Ave., at the Colcord Hotel has a patio that provides a much different view. The large, comfortable patio sits at the base of the Devon tower, so the perspective is remarkable from the tables and benches. The towers proximity also manages to block the evening sun in the summer, making for a shady retreat downtown.
The spring menu isnt complete at Flint, either, but will feature a menu designed just for the patio, including food, wine and cocktails. Look for fruity twists on traditional spring and summer drinks, including the Patio Punch, Flints very own take on the famous hurricane.