image002Vibrant and trendy hotspot aria bar, 200 North Columbus Drive, invites diners and guests to celebrate Thursday nights with an all-new happy hour, “Life Begins at 5 o’clock.” Taking place every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., this hip happy hour features specials from aria bar’s extensive menu of handcrafted cocktails and diverse beers from around the globe. Visitors can also indulge in fresh sushi rolls and sophisticated tasting plates from aria bar’s illuminated Sushi Station. aria bar’s resident disc jockey, Amy DB, will keep the party going with mixes of the latest pop, house and dance tracks. A Chicago native, DJ Amy DB has spun tracks at bars, clubs and festivals across North America, opening for top DJs like Steve Aoki and Paul Oakenfold. She currently hosts Chicago’s only primetime radio house and dance show, “Streetbeat on WNUR,” airing Friday nights on WNUR-FM.

Blending equal parts restaurant and lounge, aria bar is a sensory playground for adults. Anchored by an illuminated Sushi Station and a communal lounge, guests can enjoy an engaging experience in one of Chicago’s trendiest hotspots. aria bar’s menu offers a bold and diverse selection of new world Asian cuisine, signature sushi rolls, and sophisticated tapas tastings, such as Moroccan lamb meatballs, grilled octopus and tuna tacos. aria bar’s refreshing handcrafted cocktails feature freshly-squeezed juices along with premium spirits to create signature drinks such as the Smoked Apple Martini and Lillikoi Passion Fruit Margarita. The bar also has an extensive drink menu, offering over ten organic-biodynamic wine options, an array of beer from around the world, as well as sake selections.

aria bar is located on the lobby level of the Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park, and is open Sundays to Saturdays with lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; sushi from2:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m; and cocktails from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Sundays to Thursdays, and 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. “Life Begins at 5’o clock” takes place Thursday nights from 5 to 8 p.m. For reservations, call 312-444-9494. For more information on aria bar, please visit www.ariachicago.com.