I don’t celebrate my birthday. Well, okay, I do, but not because I like to. I feel awkward in situations where everyone’s looking at me. These are the moments I inevitably have an itch on my nose or something. Accordingly, when I do celebrate my birthday, it’s somewhere I feel comfortable–where I feel in my element. Hello, D’Amico Kitchen at Le Méridien Chambers Hotel Minneapolis!
Just call her Chambers. She’s a stunning venue at one of the best locations in town: Hennepin and 9th. For us Uptown folks, the location is perfect–it’s downtown without being too downtown. It’s in summer-walking distance to Loring Park, across the street from theatre superstar The Orpheum, and seconds away from some of the hottest social spots in town.
In addition to being a socially savvy hotel with the accommodations to match, Chambers boasts an ultra-chic rooftop indoor bar and wrap-around balcony where drinks at sunset parties flow deliciously strong. This sky bar is frequently host to a personal favorite Twin Cities social occasion: the Mix party, from promoter Dave Em (join the “Gay Twin Cities” Facebook group to find out more about this event).
Another of Chambers’ crowning achievements: the best courtyard/patio in town: Eden. Complete with cabanas reminiscent of South Beach, a dazzling fire pit, and spot-on landscaping, Eden serves up the finest outside atmosphere around—an unmistakable venue for posh summer parties. The outside is impressive, but it didn’t get all the lovin’. D’Amico Kitchen at Chambers’ interior, embossed as an ethereal all-white Palace of Chic, is a can’t-miss environment in which to enjoy a martini, share an intimate meal, or throw a smart soirée.
After I co-hosted my monthly dinner club here a couple weeks prior, it was a no-brainer that Chambers would be the perfect venue for my birthday. General Manger Michelle Hummer executed the perfect layout for my celebration, the staff was flawless in their expertise in service and on the menu, the drinks were delicious, and the company, fantastic.
Where: D’Amico Kitchen at Chambers;
901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Scene: Trendy casual to downtown chic
Drink of choice: Blood Orange Cosmo