Berkshire Room

Bars, Lounges River North
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Berkshire Room, the bar in River North’s Acme Hotel, doesn't just name-check the Berkshire Hotel, the Acme’s former name from the 1920–1950s. The decor takes cues from old-world cocktail lounges and gives them a current, urban twist. The main bar area is set off by a mix of tall, white-washed walls and checkered tile flooring. Side rooms, off the main bar, include whiskey lockers for rare spirits, barrel-stave wall paneling, copper light fixtures and plush seating. And as for drinks, bartender Benjamin Schiller has a short list of original cocktails (Weston, with wheated bourbon, Dark Matter Coffee essence and pipe tobacco, is a new classic) plus a dealer's choice menu that always leads to exactly what you want to drink.

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Venue name: Berkshire Room
Contact:
Address: 15 E Ohio Street
Chicago

Cross street: between State St and Wabash Ave
Opening hours: Sun–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri, Sat 4pm–3am
Transport: El stop: Red to Grand. Bus: 22, 29, 36, 65, 125, 156.
Price: Average Cocktail: $12
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Average User Rating

4.4 / 5

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Tastemaker

What a cool spot. My favorite part of this place is the decor. I'm not sure if all bartenders do this, but ours gave us the option of "dealers choice" since we couldn't decide. Mine resulted in a perfectly spicy cocktail (not exactly sure what was in it) in a slender glass. Definitely a place to stop by for an after dinner drink!



Tastemaker

I was at Berkshire room the other night and its lovely. We went on a Thursday when bars are typically a little more crowded then other nights of the week, but there were plenty of tables open. The Bartender was lovely, super helpful and friendly. Their flatbread was a great bar snack, and their pretzel bits were perfectly cooked!

moderator

The Acme Hotel's ground-floor bar offers banquette-style seating (good for groups of two or three, not great for much more) and carefully designed cocktails, including several barrel-aged choices. The crowd, which includes both locals and hotel guests, tends to be stylish but not pretentious.

moderator

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first visited this bar (I had to cross behind a velvet rope, after all), but it turns out this is a really chill little bar to hang out at for a drink or two. Great cocktails and attentive service. The crowd was diverse, as a lot of people were in town for business, just visiting, etc. It's a good mix.