I travel to Chicago for business – a lot. Needless to say, there’s no shortage of fantastic places for dinner and drinks. Sometimes though, you need somewhere a little less busy and a little less pretentious to enjoy a craft cocktail and nosh a few snacks to unwind. I found the perfect place a few years ago in The Berkshire Room and have made it a regular stop ever since.
Located in the River North area just around the intersection of Ohio and State (that alone should indicate it’s awesomeness) this small lounge is on the first floor of the ACME Hotel. The interior is just dark enough and is a great mix of Prohibition-cool and modern style. There’s a decent selection of beers and ample wine choices, but this is a cocktail lounge. They are true mixologists here creating interesting craft cocktails with a selection of bourbons, gins and liqueurs. Think Willy Wonka with booze to get an accurate picture here. This week I stuck with a simple Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned – OK, maybe two!
There’s a limited selection of small plates and desserts for accompanying your drinks, but the true gems are the cocktails. Try the “Dealers Choice” – you pick the liquor, the flavor profile (sweet, savory, herbaceous, etc.) and the glassware and the mixologist creates something on a whim for you. Great for happy hour or after dinner, I can’t tell you enough how much I love this place! Check them out at theberkshireroom.com.