Bernard and Balsan: The Waldorf’s Secret Weapons

Let me start out by saying congratulations to the Waldorf Astoria Chicago (11 East Walton) on being named one of Trip Advisors Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States. It’s a huge honor, but if you have been reading Haute Living Chicago or ever been to the hotel you wouldn’t be surprised. The Waldorf Astoria is more than just great rooms and service though, they have two secret weapons to whet your appetite and quench any thirst.

Balsan Restaurant is the hotel’s contemporary bistro and it’s serving up some great dishes with the freshest ingredients available. Their rustic, artisanal cuisine is made with local ingredients sourced from local Midwest farmers. Whether it’s raw bar or the classic market-driven bistro fare you are craving, Balsan will not disappoint. Make sure to visit Balsan during Restaurant Week (February 1-10, 2013) when they will have a couple can’t miss specials, $22 for a two-course lunch and $44 for a three-course dinner.

The other weapon in the Waldorf arsenal is Bernard’s Bar. Self-described as “Chicago’s Haute Hangout,” Bernard’s is a casually sophisticated bar that features artisanal wines, spirits and classic cocktails. Bernard’s offers a cool and relaxing vibe, you’re wrapped up in an intimate setting with suede-covered walls, velvet banquettes and charcoal drawings by Francine Turk (local artist).  Located on the second floor of the Waldorf, it’s the perfect place for an after dinner drink with a date or an after-work drink with co-workers. Both Bernard’s and Balsan is open to hotel guests as well as the public.

Images Courtesy of the Waldorf Astoria Chicago