Friday, April 18, 2014

Ante Up

Go all in with a dealer’s choice drink

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We hope you've been practicing your poker face. Because now there’s no need to travel all the way to the boats to get your gambling fix.
 
Instead, pull up a table at The Acme Hotel's Berkshire Room, where your dealer for the evening is bartender Benjamin Schiller, a stoic Boka vet with a steely gaze and a heavy (pouring) hand.
 
He’s the kind of guy you want stirring your barrel-aged Manhattan. But he’s not all business.

There’s one game he's particularly fond of called dealer’s choice, which involves you picking a sprit, flavor profile, and glassware for him to combine into a palate-pleasing cocktail. Want a herbaceous mezcal drink in a Collins glass? You got it.
 
If you don’t feel like playing Russian Roulette with $13 cocktails, go with a Weston. It’s Schiller's signature, made with wheated bourbon, Dark Matter Coffee essence, and pipe tobacco. It’s the kind of concoction you sip slowly over a plate of bison tartare with caper relish after clearing a dozen oysters and maybe some caviar atop horseradish-potato espuma. 

You know, as you do.

The Berkshire Room theberkshireroom.com
Acme Hotel, 15 E. Ohio St. (at N. State St.), River North
(312) 894-0800
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Price: 3 (out of 4)
Noise: 2 (out of 4)
Subway: Red Line to Grand
Scene: Cocktail connoisseurs and guests of the new and very trendy Acme Hotel
Best bets: Weston; Barrel-aged Continuous Negroni; Dealer's Choice
Nearby: Sable Kitchen + Bar; Rock Bottom Brewery; Osteria Via Stato

photo courtesy ThinkLeigh Photography

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