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Bernard's Bar

A floor beneath the two high-profile restaurants opening in the Elysian Hotel, you’ll find Bernard’s, a 34-seat bar in keeping with the...

Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki

A floor beneath the two high-profile restaurants opening in the Elysian Hotel, you’ll find Bernard’s, a 34-seat bar in keeping with the hotel’s 1920s, Coco Chanel–inspired aesthetic. Like Coco, this joint is nothing if not classic. The short cocktail list (all $14) reads like so: Negroni, Manhattan, mojito, Vesper, sidecar, Champagne cocktail. The list of wines by the glass ($17–$24) starts with Henriot Champagne, and the craft beer list ($7–$22) kicks off with the Belgian Caracole Troublette. The short food menu continues the opulence with a foie torchon, Shigoku oysters and Iberico ham. And though this may all sound very old-world, the hotel’s food and beverage director, Attila Gyulai, sees it differently. This place wasn’t built for those with European aspirations; “It’s truly for locals.” 11 E Walton St (312-646-1300).

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