• New Venue Spotlight: Rockit Bar & Grill

     
    FROM THE Winter 2016 ISSUE
     

    A new concept refuels the popular dining and entertainment space.

This is not your college-era Rockit Bar & Grill. After celebrating a wild decade, the 10-year-old River North hot spot is now all grown up with a new remodel that brings the drama to both the space and the food. Designers stripped the building down to bring out the natural architecture, painted the walls with a darker color scheme of blacks and grays and imported a 50-foot Carrara marble bar that has become the restaurant’s centerpiece.

A revamped menu, from Executive Chef Amanda Downing and Executive Chef and partner Kevin Hickey, keeps with the elevated tone. Guests can choose from options such as lamb nachos, espresso-rubbed hanger steak, garlic bread prawns and, of course, a hearty selection of burgers including a surf and turf option.

Planners can rent out a second-floor “party lounge” with a fully equipped DJ booth, projection screens, A/V and branding opportunities. The lounge accommodates 300, while a full buyout is available for 500.

Located in the heart of the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District, Hotel Drover, an award-winning Autograph Collection Hotel by Marriott, focuses on simple pleasures and genuine hospitality. Kick-off your boots and stay awhile with 200 rustic-luxe rooms and suites. When ready, grab a hand-crafted cocktail or cold beer and wander outside to The Backyard at Hotel Drover, an outdoor oasis, with creekside seating, outdoor games, and seasonal live music.

 

In 1927, Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton said, "Abilene, Texas will be well prepared to handle large conventions and please the most fastidious visitor." Nearly 95 years later, Abilene has fulfilled this vision and is excited to welcome back the Hilton family of hotels in the heart of Downtown Abilene with a recently announced DoubleTree by Hilton.

 

Temperatures are starting to dip in Seattle, but if you want to get in one last outdoor gathering before winter, consider The Rooftop at WeWork Cap Hill. Located on the penthouse level on 11th Avenue near Seattle’s storied Pine and Pike Streets, the space offers inviting landscapes and spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Capacity: 74.  Bring sweaters and scarves!