CHICAGO | The Game Room is a hidden bar in the Chicago Athletic Association Hotel with a classic, speakeasy style vibe and a focus on games. The bar features a full bocce bay, billiard, shuffleboard, chess and checkers tables and is a whole lot of fun. Wood benches and furnishings, and low lighting and globe lights give the place a classic atmosphere.
It’s not just about the games here though, with the bar getting enough right to make it a place worth visiting even if you’re not interested in the games. The drinks menu is fantastic, with an assortment of local craft beers, wines and creative cocktails on offer and, unlike many hotel bars, prices here are quite reasonable. Cocktails are a selection of eight classics with twists that change every so often – for example a slushy gin sour with blackberry, mint,Fernet Branca and Fernet Branca Menta.
Food takes its cues from fairground favourites and includes things like lobster rolls, a corn dogs with duck sausage twist, and beer-battered fried pickles on sticks. It’s all very tasty and, like the drinks, fairly priced.
To find the Game Room, head up to the hotel’s second floor, walk through the lobby and just past the Drawing Room and Milk Room on the right hand side. The combination of great food, drinks, and games make it one of our favourite places in Chicago for some post-work or weekend relaxation.
The Game Room
Chicago Athletic Association Hotel
12 S Michigan Avenue 2nd Floor
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 2:00pm