Nestled inside River North’s hip, chic Acme Hotel, The Berkshire Room is a sophisticated space that harks back to an era of rendezvous in moody corners for discrete business meetings—or other sordid affairs. And while the masculine vibe in this throwback den may scream whiskey, celebrated beverage director Benjamin Schiller compiled a drool-worthy collection that encompasses all spirits, especially tequila and mezcal. The Berkshire Room is perfect for post-work cocktails as much as it is for a late-night gathering with friends in one of the side nooks with dark leather banquettes. If you’re unsure what to drink, choose the Dealer’s Choice: You select a spirit, flavor profile and type of glass—and leave the rest to the bartenders.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Possibly the most popular cocktail on the current list is the Swipe Right, made with tequila, Yellow Chartreuse, pamplemousse and smoked salt. Served in a rocks glass with a large piece of carved ice, it’s better than almost any Tinder meet-up ever is.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Come with an open mind and put aside any feelings of intimidation. Schiller and his team are seasoned pros and love to talk about spirits as much as they like mixing them.