Berkshire Room

Bars , Lounges River North
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Berkshire Room

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.

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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Madeline N
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!

Kris Vire
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.

Laura R
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.