Friday, January 30, 2015

Ante Up

Go all in with a dealer’s choice drink


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
Acme Hotel, 15 E. Ohio St. (at N. State St.), River North
(312) 894-0800

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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