Rooftop Eve on Adams lights up nightlife scene

by Tallahassee Table
Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat

The nightlife scene in downtown Tallahassee just got considerably brighter — on many levels.

The new rooftop cocktail lounge perched above the 16-floor DoubleTree by Hilton gleams like a beacon, its bold white lights a hard-to-miss signal that  Eve On Adams is now open for business.

While the venue is still having a soft opening, you can head up to the 17th floor (get off on the 16th floor and switch elevators), have a drink and take a peek at the stunning view, alone worth the trip.

Glass barriers surround the outdoor patio which juts out beyond the building, giving patrons unfettered views of downtown Tallahassee, particularly the west and south views. It’s especially pretty now with all the twinkly lights on Park Avenue trees.

A few downtown dining destinations have been a welcome addition, including Il Lusso, Saveur, Rootstock Pours and Plates joining classics Andrews Downtown and Harry’s Seafood Bar & Grille, but there are hopes that Eve could help bring new life to the area.

“I think the venue itself is a destination,” said Jonathan LaBarre, director of sales and revenue for the DoubleTree. “The sunsets are amazing. As word gets out, it could keep people downtown after work or bring people back. It’s a gathering place.”

Murals by local artist Cosby Hayes add a dramatic touch to Eve.

The interior decor is minimal but elegant, with crystal chandeliers, dramatic murals (depicting hands tentatively reaching for the forbidden apple) by local artist Cosby Hayes and an illuminated translucent onyx bar.

Tori Lynn Schneider/Tallahassee Democrat

Eve is still evolving, developing its bar and food menu.

As of now, there are plans for a menu of shareable appetizers, primarily “finger food” in place by the start of the legislative session, which convenes on Jan. 14, said LaBarre.

There are six beers on tap including Proof’s 850 and Jai Alai from Cigar City Brewing in Tampa.

As for New Year’s Eve, the lounge will feature live music and a DJ. Patrons can enjoy hors d’oeuvres from 8 to 11 p.m. and there will be a champagne toast. The cover charge is $25. Admissions are limited so it is recommended that people make reservations at  More information is available on the Eve on Adams Facebook page.  

“Enjoy the views, the music and celebrate,” said LaBarre.

If you go …

Eve on Adams, 101 S. Adams St.; 850-224-5000.

Hours: Eve opens daily at 5 p.m. Closing time: 10 p.m. Sunday-Monday, midnight Tuesday-Thursday and 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday.

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