Subway: Red to Chicago(312) 787-2200 thedrakehotel.com/dine/coq-dor41.900021 -87.623724 140 E Walton Pl (between Michigan Ave and Mies van der Rohe Way) Gold Coast, Chicago
Mon–Sat 11am–2am; Sun 11am–1amAverage cocktail: $8
Whereas the Drake Hotel’s Palm Court is grand and regal, this lower-level bar is small, intimate and sultry. Some people treat it as a dinner place—there’s a perfectly good menu of sandwiches and the like. But we think the live jazz and dimmed lighting lends itself much more to hushed conversation and cocktails than to burgers and beer.