CHICAGO – Chicago’s premier luxury hotel, Waldorf Astoria Chicago, is pleased to announce the return of the iconic cocktail lounge Bernard’s in the Gold Coast. Bernard’s, a beloved Chicago haunt, is the Chicago destination for a night out, offering a craft beverage program rooted in classic cocktails, as well as modern iterations, alongside artisanal wines and rare spirits.
Bernard’s has re-emerged with a design rooted in rich, dark colors, classic forms, tweeds from the Scottish Highlands and equestrian influences. The timeless, yet modern design extends into the thoughtfully curated cocktail and beverage menu, which strikes a balance between revered classics that pay tribute to the past and innovations that provide a moment in the present. Guests may peruse time-honored favorites like the Sazerac alongside signature twists such as The Southernmost, mixed with Belvedere, lime juice, condensed milk, and brulée foam. The beverage menu is rounded out with Champagne, wines and fine spirits, including a curated selection of vintage Armagnac from Bhakta Spirits dating back to 1888. Guests can choose from a variety of decadent snacks including Caviar Service with traditional accoutrements and house-chips, Duck Confit Croquettes, and other tasty nibbles.
Leading the beverage program at Waldorf Astoria Chicago is cocktail and couture manager, Miguel Sanchez Borrego. Originally from Jerez, Spain, Borrego moved to the United States just six years ago to enhance his cocktail skills and techniques and was promoted to lead bartender at Conrad Fort Lauderdale. In his new role at Waldorf Astoria Chicago, Borrego is leveraging his extensive spirit and beverage expertise to developing curated cocktail programs and concepts across all of Waldorf Astoria Chicago’s food and beverage outlets that create a desirable and luxurious nightlife environment.
"For those returning to the beloved cocktail lounge after an extended hiatus, the hope is that the reimagined Bernard’s not only pays homage to the original, but creates a personalized experience today, building a landmark for tomorrow."
“Our re-introduction of Bernard’s as part of our larger property renovation is grounded in the perfect delivery of classic cocktails showcased with exquisite spirit expressions,” said Linh Pham, food and beverage director, Waldorf Astoria Chicago. “For those returning to the beloved cocktail lounge after an extended hiatus, the hope is that the reimagined Bernard’s not only pays homage to the original, but creates a personalized experience today, building a landmark for tomorrow.”
Bernard’s is open Sunday-Thursday 5 p.m. – 12 a.m. and Friday-Saturday 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.
For more information about Waldorf Astoria Chicago, or to book a reservation, please visit www.waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com.
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About Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Waldorf Astoria Chicago, a 60-story hotel and residence designed by architect Lucien Lagrange emulating the grand hotels of Paris in the 1920s, is located in the historic Gold Coast neighborhood adjacent to the most exclusive shops, restaurants, nightlife, recreation/beach, and businesses. Through innovations in service and technology, the 214-room hotel creates an energetic and fashion forward luxury experience complete with an award-winning 14,000 square-foot spa & health club; 24-hour in-room dining; and nearly 8,000-square-feet of meeting, private dining, and event space inclusive of the cobblestone courtyard. A newly completed renovation unveiled new premier cocktail and lounge settings including Peacock Lounge and the re-introduced Bernard’s bar, Brass Tack, a new restaurant and private dining venue, an updated lobby and refreshed guestrooms and suites, including a new Astoria Suite and redesigned Presidential Suite. To explore Waldorf Astoria Chicago, please visit www.waldorfastoriachicagohotel.com or call (312) 646-1300. Follow on social media at instagram.com/wachicago/, facebook.com/WaldorfAstoriaChicago, and twitter.com/Waldorf_Chicago.