Beginning Friday, December 2, Le Méridien’s rooftop bar City Lights is turning into a full-blown holiday party that will last through Christmas Eve.
Every Friday from 4 p.m. to midnight, the bar will feature a menu of hot toddies and grown-up versions of hot chocolate and s’mores.
The hot chocolate menu consists of Cocoa Mocha (Patron XO and gourmet chocolate), Gingerbread Village (with gingerbread liquor and marshmallow) and Peppermint Forest (cocoa, peppermint liquor and peppermint candy). Each cup runs $13.
They’re not exaggerating when they call it ‘hard cocoa’ – I couldn’t get the Gingerbread Village down. Go with the Cocoa Mocha.
Hot Toddy options, each also $13, are Hot Buttered Rum (honey, lemon, dark rum, butterscotch and cinnamon), Spiced Toddy (honey, lemon, Fireball and a cinnamon stick) and Apple Cider Toddy (bourbon, honey, lemon, apple cider, orange and a cinnamon sugar rim).
We need to talk about the s’mores and the small army that the Classic Campfire option ($16) could feed.
Bourbon (bourbon-infused marshmallows, chocolate graham crackers and raspberry) and Apple & Spice (infused marshmallow, scented chocolate and graham cracker caramel) campfires are also on the menu for $22.
And when you’re not consuming your yearly sugar intake in a single sitting, grab a selfie with the elf at the Elfie Station before breaking out a move or two with the DJ, who plays holiday classics (or something) like Lady Gaga’s Christmas Tree.
Full disclosure: The staff won’t let you hold the sparklers, because when I almost caught Lizzy’s hair on fire, it was deemed a liability. Fair enough.
This was my first time at City Lights, and Lizzy and I both agreed that the only thing they did wrong was have a fully-clothed Elf on the Shelf instead of a Naughty Elf on the Shelf. It’s just the vibe, you know?
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