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Bars, bars and more bars; if there’s one thing the Gold Coast, the neighborhood the Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club Chicago calls home, has a plethora of, it’s certainly bars. You almost have to try to not find another bar. The locals affectionately refer to the area where Rush Street and State Street connect as the “Viagra Triangle” for reasons not worth mentioning here; suffice it to say the area has a lively nightlife. Many bars in the area are open until 4 a.m., even on weeknights.
If you’re looking for a relaxed atmosphere, you may not even want to leave Waldorf Astoria Chicago’s grounds; the bar inside the hotel, Bernard’s, has a sophisticated vibe with plush seating and rich decoration, while serving delicious cocktails. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors recommend the house-made potato chips, too.
Outside the hotel, favorite watering holes include Tavern on Rush, the Whiskey Bar and Grill, Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House and Gibson’s Steakhouse. If you’re willing to venture a bit past the area around State and Rush, more bars line Division Street to the north, and places such as Rock Bottom nearer to the Loop offer rooftop patios in the summer that make an Chicago experience all that much more special. And for the most unique bar experience, ride the elevator all the way up to the 95th floor of the John Hancock Center, where 360-degree views of the city and Lake Michigan make every cocktail taste that much better. On a clear day, you can see up to 80 miles away—it’s really a site worth seeing.
No matter what your scene is, you’re bound to find a bar to tickle your fancy before or after any treatment at the Waldorf Astoria Spa & Health Club Chicago.