About Us

The history of Bernard’s runs more profound than a fashion-inspired cocktail destination. The name derives from Bernard Heerey, who was born and raised in Chicago and sold the land on which Waldorf Astoria Chicago was built. When he passed, he donated the entire purchase price of twenty-seven million dollars to Chicago-based children’s charities.

Bernard’s is a landmark cocktail lounge built upon precise cocktails that pay tribute to the past through moments grounded in the present. Returning after an extended hiatus, the resurrection of Bernard’s takes root in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, offering unforgettable experiences guided by knowledgeable staff, refined cocktails that each have a story, and exceptional plates of nosh.

The aesthetic is inspired by the men in Coco Chanel’s life, with an equestrian influence that creates a room that wraps itself around you like a tweed riding jacket worn in the Scottish Highlands. Masculine yet soft, textured and warm, dark but welcoming.
Let’s raise a glass to honor the past, live in the moment, and appreciate what the future brings.

Welcome back to Bernard’s.



Executive Chef



We love to take you on a journey. A journey that begins with our location, which is as mysterious as the drink we serve.

We’re located in a place that’s not easily accessible—you’ll have to find us if you can. And when you do, you’ll be rewarded with an experience like no other.

We’re not just a bar; we’re a place where you can come to enjoy your favorite drink in the company of others who share your tastes and interests.

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