Bernard's Bar at the Waldorf Astoria

Address: 11 East Walton Street, (North Rush Street), Chicago, Illinois, 60611, United States
Tel: +1 312 646 1400
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri-Sat 5pm-1am
Door: Open door
Style: Hotel bar
Recommended for: Cocktails, Romantic
Price guide: High-end
Food: Bar snacks

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Review Words by Simon Difford on 2015-04-01

Everything about this place is classic, from the hotel that houses it, to the decor, the soft jazz and the cocktail menu. Safe and as cosy as velvet smoking jacket. The plush room's decor runs the spectrum of tones of brown and dark wood and has something of a luxurious bronze glow about it.

The cocktail menu is predominately all about the classics; from the Aviation to the Paloma and the Boulevadier, the menu is far from imaginative but instead focuses on safe tried and tested concoctions from yesteryear. Service, from behind the white marble bar, is friendly and proficient, and as befits the venue there's a strangely reassuring lack of beards, tattoos or flat caps.

However, both drinks and the venue lack excitement, but perhaps you've had enough excitement in your life and are looking for a quiet safe evening. Bit boring though.

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