Roka Bar’s Sochu and Sushi Wednesday Nights Review – A Perfect Place for After-Work Mingling

Even for those of us who love our jobs, Wednesday can bring the mid-week blues.  Roka Bar’s new Sochu and Sushi Wednesday Nights offer summer cocktails and beautiful bites to help get you through the week.  Each Wednesday, beginning  on June 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., guests can sample a variety of sushi rolls and hand-crafted cocktails while mingling with a trendy crowd at Roka Bar, for just $25 per person.

The trendy crowd at Roka Bar

Roka Bar is located inside Roka Akor, a prime steak, seafood, and sushi restaurant featuring Robata-style “open charcoal” cuisine.  Roka Akor has been voted one of the “Top 10 Sushi Spots in the United States” by Bon Appetit and Travel & Leisure Magazines and is recommended by the 2013 Michelin Guide Chicago.  The restaurant has been previously reviewed by Splash Magazine journalists here and here

Great plains bison with tetsuyu poached egg and truffle king crab custard

In contrast to Roka Akor’s calm Zen-chic design, the atmosphere at Roka Bar is still elegant, but it has a bit more of a party feeling.  The music is upbeat, and guests can choose from a mix of tables or seats at the bar.  Sushi offerings are passed on beautiful trays by servers who are happy to explain each one.

Hamachi serrano roll at Roka Bar

Because of this format, it is difficult to try everything.  However, what we did sample was quite good.  The Raspberry Ginger Sochu cocktail was fresh and flavorful.  The Pineapple Ginger Sochu cocktail was also delicious.  That both drinks are nicely balanced, refreshing summer drinks with just the right amount of sweetness is a credit to mixologist Jason Huffman.  The Hamachi Serrano stood out among the assorted exotic sushi rolls by Executive Chef Brett Vibber

Mixologist Jason Huffman

Located in the heart of River North, Roka Bar is just a short walk for anyone coming from the loop and also easily accessible by public transit.  Roka Bar’s new Sochu and Sushi Wednesdays is recommended for those who want a tasty way to fight the mid-week blues.

Sochu flavors, including raspberry ginger and pineapple vanilla

Roka Akor

456 North Clark, Chicago


Sochu & Sushi Wednesdays start June 12, 2013 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Roka Bar

Roka Bar -- Sunday - Wednesday 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Thursday and Friday  5 p.m to 2 a.m. and Saturday 5 p.m. to 3 a.m.

Phots:  Courtesy of Roka Akor

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