Studio Paris, River North’s Elite New Rooftop Lounge

Chicago Magazine |
Aug 18, 2011

Want a table at the Melman brothers’ hot spot above Paris Club? Bottle service is the only way to ensure it

Bottle service: It’s one of those things I keep wishing would disappear forever. Why, oh why, would anyone pay hundreds of dollars for a bottle of vodka that costs $30 at the corner liquor store? I know, I know. The spectacle. The cachet. And for the young hotshot trader types who typically buy into this particular status symbol, there’s the undeniable lady-killing aspect (the bigger your bottle . . .).

While I am mostly resigned to the fact that bottle service is here to stay, economy be damned, I still sighed a harrumph of displeasure when I saw just how well it’s going over at Studio Paris, the new year-round rooftop lounge located above Paris Club in River North. As another young hotshot type—Jerrod Melman, who owns Studio Paris with his brother, R. J.—told me, a reserved table with bottle service is the only guaranteed path to entry. “You can take your chances, come earlier, and see if there’s a seat available, but if you want a drink later at night . . .” He shrugged. Bottle service. Judging by a recent Saturday, there are plenty of night-lifers willing to pay.

My date and I—early birds who, bottleless and tableless, roamed the packed lounge in search of an out-of-the-way place to observe—stopped to talk to the bartender as she filled an order for a magnum of Grey Goose, another of Dom Pérignon, and a bottle of Jameson. For one table. We craned our necks, trying to read the ticket. “It’ll be about $2,000,” she told us.

“Does that include the Red Bull?” I asked, watching her load another tray with silver cans.

“Nope. The Red Bull’s extra,” she said.

We were floored, but the crowd around us, an ever-growing gaggle of sleek-haired women and the slick-looking men competing for their attention, seemed right at home in the space, which reads more Miami than Paris, with its white curtains shifting softly in the night air. We stood next to one pretty blond and eavesdropped while a guy in a fedora tried unsuccessfully to woo her, then we watched as Jerrod cranked the retractable roof shut. “By law, we have to close it at midnight,” he told me later. “But unlike other rooftops and patios without the option to close a roof, we can keep the party going.” And indeed, we barely noticed a difference, what with the skylight view and the breeze flowing through the open windows.

Wondering if the high-rolling crowd was a Saturday-only phenomenon, I returned on a Thursday for afterwork drinks. While the vibe was more relaxed and the attire more business casual, the bottle traffic remained brisk, which led me to survey the system with a new sense of respect. After all, the Melman brothers learned at the knee of a master: Their father, Rich, founded Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises and has built a portfolio of more than 80 restaurants. Bottle service keeps things simple, and it keeps the insatiable crowd’s glasses full without backing up the bar.

If the hotshots ordering those bottles can fine-tune their pickup lines with similar efficiency, the entire nightlife machine should keep on humming (insert your own sigh of relief here).

Studio Paris at Paris Club 59 W. Hubbard St.; parisclubchicago.com

Media Contact

Emily Clark pr@leye.com 773-907-7347

You May Also Like...

In The Restaurants
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where to Eat & Drink in October
Oct 2, 2017

Throughout the month of October, Lettuce Entertain You restaurants are donating a portion of… read more >

Recent Posts

How To
Perfect Pair: Beaujolais, Lowbrow to Highbrow
Nov 15, 2017

Say Oui! because Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! Classic French bistro, Mon Ami Gabi, is celebrating… read more >

How To
How To: Make Thanksgiving Dinner Like a Chef
Nov 15, 2017

In charge of preparing Thanksgiving dinner this year or simply looking for recipe inspiration? Our… read more >

In The Restaurants
Rise & Shine: The Best Way to Breakfast During the Week
Nov 13, 2017

Early risers rejoice! We've rounded up all of our weekday breakfast specialties that will keep you… read more >

How To
Recipe: Beatrix’s Charcoal Cocktail, Midnight Flight
Nov 10, 2017

Meet the Midnight Flight, Beatrix's new charcoal cocktail featuring a split base of a smokey mezcal… read more >

In The Restaurants
Late Night & Live Music with Lettuce
Nov 9, 2017

Night owls rejoice - select Lettuce restaurants and nightclubs offer everything from late-night food… read more >

How To
A Guide to Selecting the Perfect Thanksgiving Wines
Nov 7, 2017

Fact: wine stores are intimidating. More truth: we're here to help! We've tapped the minds of our… read more >

In The Restaurants
Where to Eat Lunch
Nov 3, 2017

For that one hour escape from your office, you want to make sure to make most of your lunch hour.… read more >

In The Restaurants
What’s Hot in Hot Sauce
Nov 1, 2017

Welcome to Oyster Bah, our East Coast oyster Mecca dedicated to serving up the freshest seafood and… read more >

In The Restaurants
Thanksgiving 2017
Nov 1, 2017

This Thanksgiving, be thankful that you don't have to spend hours slaving away over the stove,… read more >

How To
How to Host Friendsgiving
Nov 1, 2017

Friendsgiving (n): the turkey-centric festive feast held by your chosen family - your friends - to… read more >

In The Restaurants
Fall Harvest’s Best Dishes
Oct 30, 2017

The bounty of fall harvest comes at a time in the year when we are craving the comfort of cool… read more >

How To
Recipe: Ema’s Pumpkin Hummus
Oct 30, 2017

Enjoy your favorite fall ingredient the Mediterranean way and make Ema's Pumpkin Hummus by Chef CJ… read more >

In The Restaurants
Time to Party! Three Dots and a Dash’s New Cocktail Menu Launches
Oct 26, 2017

Three Dots and a Dash’s new cocktail menu is dropping on November 2, and you better believe it's… read more >

In The Restaurants
Gluten-Free Friendly Restaurants
Oct 24, 2017

Finding gluten-free friendly restaurants has gotten a lot easier than it used to be. At Lettuce… read more >

In The Restaurants
All Pumpkin, Everything
Oct 22, 2017

'Tis the season for everyone's favorite fall ingredient, pumpkin. Whether you're preparing pumpkin… read more >

How To
It’s Apple Season: Where To Get Them and Where To Eat Them
Oct 19, 2017

Yeah, yeah, pumpkin this and pumpkin that, but let us not forget about our other favorite fall… read more >

How To
Recipe: Ramen-san’s Japanese Ol’ Fashioned
Oct 19, 2017

The Japanese Ol' Fashioned at Ramen-san is a new take on the classic American cocktail. Keep your… read more >

How To
Video: How To Crack A Stone Crab
Oct 19, 2017

It's stone crab season at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab! Learn the proper way to crack… read more >

In The Restaurants
Here’s Where to Brunch this Weekend
Oct 18, 2017

If you're anything like us, you plan your weekend around brunch. Here is your guide to all of our… read more >

Openings
Sushi-san: Coming Fall 2017
Oct 18, 2017

We've got some hot tea that needs spilling. The Ramen-san team is dropping River North's hottest… read more >

In The Restaurants
Thanksgiving Eve & Black Friday Happenings
Oct 16, 2017

Do you have friends and family in for Thanksgiving weekend? Show them around on Thanksgiving Eve and… read more >

Openings
Introducing Beatrix Market In The Chicago Loop
Oct 13, 2017

Introducing Beatrix Market (155 N. Wacker), a grab & go market experience stocked with large… read more >

How To
Recipe: Bub City Deep-Fried Turkey Legs
Oct 7, 2017

Take a Southern approach this Thanksgiving with Bub City's recipe for deep-fried turkey legs, which… read more >

How To
Recipe: RPM Steak Roast Turkey
Oct 7, 2017

Impress your family this Thanksgiving by taking a page out of RPM Steak's book with this shockingly… read more >

How To
Recipe: Bub City Whole Smoked Turkey
Oct 7, 2017

This Thanksgiving, Bub City is spilling the secrets to its perfectly smoked bird. Not into cooking?… read more >

How To
Recipe: Three Dots and a Dash Wiki Wiki
Oct 4, 2017

The Wiki Wiki at Three Dots and a Dash is a modern take on a tiki classic. Try this recipe for the… read more >

In The Restaurants
Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Where to Eat & Drink in October
Oct 2, 2017

Throughout the month of October, Lettuce Entertain You restaurants are donating a portion of… read more >

In The Restaurants
Halloween 2017: Treats, Tricks & Specials
Oct 1, 2017

  It's officially October so you know what that means: time to grab your favorite pumpkin-spiced… read more >

In The Restaurants
How To Throw an Italian Pasta Party
Sep 29, 2017

Any good Nonna will tell you that being a good Italian is not just in your blood, it's a lifestyle.… read more >

In The Restaurants
Have You Tried the Impossible Burger at M Burger Yet?
Sep 26, 2017

Did you hear about this magical plant-based burger dubbed the Impossible Burger that's been sweeping… read more >

In The Restaurants
Explore Nacional 27’s New Steak Menu
Sep 26, 2017

For 19 years, Nacional 27 has focused on the culinary and cultural adventure of Latin-American… read more >

In The Restaurants
Osteria Via Stato is Your New Brunch Destination
Sep 21, 2017

Summer is synonymous with outdoor brunching and we’ve got a brand new spot in Chicago’s River… read more >

In The Restaurants
Your Guide to Game Day Grub
Sep 1, 2017

Fall is the kick-off the football season and no matter what team you are rootin' for, several of our… read more >

In The Restaurants
Fall Foliage: Five Ways to Enjoy the Season
Aug 31, 2017

Days are getting chillier and the leaves are starting to turn. Fall is on the horizon, and there’s… read more >

In The Restaurants
Five Reasons Why You Should Be Brunchin’ at Stella Barra Pizzeria
Aug 23, 2017

Stella Barra in North Bethesda (11825 Grand Park Ave.) is one of our favorite brunch destinations… read more >

In The Restaurants
Your Perfect Fried Chicken Sandwich is Served
Aug 8, 2017

You can roast ‘em, you can bake ‘em, and you can grill ‘em, but nothing tantalizes the taste… read more >

How To
Anatomy of a Good Soup
Aug 8, 2017

A piping hot bowl of flavorful soup can fill your body and soul with happiness, if it’s made well… read more >

In The Restaurants
Vegetarian Comfort Food
Aug 8, 2017

A New Year's resolution that we are making is to incorporate more veggies into our diet, but it's… read more >

In The Restaurants
Kid-Friendly Dining Options and Activities
Aug 1, 2017

You've been to the zoo, the beach, the pool... the kids are starting to get stir crazy. We've got… read more >

In The Restaurants
The Best Time of the Year: Patio Season
Aug 1, 2017

Warm weather is here, which means al fresco dining is too! We've rounded up the best patio spots at… read more >

Lettuce Consulting Group

Grow Your Business

Learn More
Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

Search Jobs
Latest Articles

Sign Up For Our Newsletter

Sign Up Now

Lettuce on Instagram

Checkout our feed @lettuceentertainyou!