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|
15 E Ohio Street
|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
- 5 star:2
- 4 star:3
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:0
- 1 star:0
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.
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.