Columbia’s newest rooftop bar Pressed is the perfect place to enjoy a gorgeous view of the city, even on snowy November evenings. You can step outside, wrapped up in one of the cozy fleece blankets provided by the door, or you can enjoy the view from inside the Sunset Room that overlooks the Tiger Hotel to the east.
Inside, Pressed is decorated with sleek black and white décor, allowing the cocktails and the people to add the color. Outside, vibrant neon lights under simple white sofas gathered around a fire pit light up the roof at night. The modern, metropolitan feel at Pressed has guests commenting that it feels like a bar in a big city like LA or New York rather than Columbia, according to owner Travis Tucker.
Tucker describes the bar as a “before-and-after dinner kind of place” with “high-end snack food.” The menu features 12 signature cocktails (plus a variety of non-alcoholic drinks) and an array of specialty hors d'oeuvres and desserts.
The favorite cocktail so far is the Bleu Rosemary Lemonade – a mix of blueberry vodka, blueberry simple syrup, house lemonade and Riesling with fresh rosemary and lemon. This particular cocktail is a holdover from the menu at Tucker’s previous restaurant, Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar. “We brought it back as a nod to our roots,” he says. “It was the most popular drink then, and already after being open a few weeks, it’s proven to be our most popular drink now.”
Tucker’s personal favorite drink is the Bee Hive, a combination of Maker’s Mark, lemon and honey-rhubarb bitters. On the snack side, he loves the flavor of the creamy Whipped Feta & Orange Olive Oil. Tucker also enjoys the Edamame Hummus with Charcoal-Infused Black Toast because of its striking appearance: “That’s the one we always have to explain,” Tucker says. “It’s stunningly gorgeous because it’s charcoal black, but people always ask, ‘Is it burned?’ We say, ‘No, it’s the charcoal – if you ate it with your eyes closed, you really wouldn’t taste the difference.’”
If you’re stopping by after dinner for a nightcap and dessert, try the Chai Mousse with a side of sugary poached pears, the Brown Butter Cake with fig mousse and candied almonds, or the Cold Brew Coffee Marshmallow Cream with ganache and house graham crackers.
Pressed certainly brings something new to Columbia with a method of dining different from anywhere else in town. “We wanted to do something that stood out,” Tucker says. “So far, it seems like it was a good decision.”
Pressed is open Tuesday through Thursday from 4pm to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 4pm to midnight.
Pressed, 803 Walnut St., Columbia, Missouri, facebook.com/Pressedcomo