So I nibbled and threw back a few this past weekend at a new joint in Chi-town called The Bedford. It’s a lounge-y restaurant located within an old 1920’s bank. The mixologist is shakin’ and stirrin’ up some rave reviews with his specialty cocktails (I’m sure I insulted him when I ordered a plain old beer) and the food is deliciously amazing.
As for the space and layout, kudos to them for retaining the original bank mouldings, flooring, doors and bank writing desk. The true “money spot” is the intact bank vault with safety deposit boxes that’s now a cocktail lounge. The furniture is a big disappointment, but the space itself is fan-tab-u-lous!
Another successful aspect of The Bedford is the fluid zoning of multiple spaces for different uses. The long bar that greets you upon entry is balanced with some high-tops and a few low-tops next to the fireplace…but in general its open enough to allow standing people to drink and socialize. Then straight ahead are U-shaped banquettes which are good for groups who want to order punch bowls and the sorts. Off to the side is the dining area that’s tucked away nicely and then lastly there’s the bank vault with the cocktail lounge.
All in all, it's a place worth experiencing. Read more about The Bedford here.