BERNARD’S Chicago, IL
Located within Waldorf Astoria Chicago in the Gold Coast, the re-introduced, beloved Bernard’s was lovingly restored in its former space, re-emerging as an intimate craft cocktail and champagne bar. Design firm, KTGY Simeone Deary Design Group, drew inspiration from Coco Chanel and the men in her life to create a setting reflecting rich, dark colors, classic forms, tweeds from the Scottish Highlands and equestrian influences. The interior showcases elements including millwork paneling with custom inserts, cozy banquettes with leather detailing and plaid accents, a central tête-à-tête, and a dazzling step-up bar that overlooks the hotel’s front courtyard drive. Bernard’s also features new rippled smoked glass windows that look down into the updated lobby. The timeless, yet modern design extends into the thoughtfully curated cocktail and beverage menu, which strikes a balance between revered classics that pay tribute to the past and innovations that provide a moment in the present. Guests may peruse time-honored favorites like the Sazerac, Side Car, and Boulevardier alongside signature twists such as The Southernmost, mixed with Belvedere, lime juice, condensed milk, and brulée foam, and the No. 5, a beautiful red and purple hued concoction mixed with Ketel One Citron, Yuzu, Jasmine Tea Butterfly Pea Syrup, Oleo Saccorum, and Rose Water. The Bernard’s beverage program is masterfully balanced with a carefully curated selection of fine spirits, champagne, and wines to suit the palates of avid beverage enthusiasts. While perusing the extensive roster of American Bourbon and international whiskeys, rums, tequilas and other spirits, patrons are encouraged to give the “Milestones” section of the menu a closer look, which features vintage Armagnac from Bhakta Spirits dating back to 1888. Guests can also enjoy tasty culinary accompaniments, such as Truffle Fries with lemon-garlic aioli or the Brass Smash Burger with all the classic accoutrements.