Bernard's BarGold Coast
Seeking a sophisticated escape from Gold Coast shopping? Retreat to this second-floor drinking den tucked inside the posh Waldorf Astoria hotel. Tiny candlelit tables cozy up to tufted velvet banquettes, prime for cocktailing couples or small groups. Take a seat at the white marble-topped bar to get up close and personal with the bartender as he shakes up negronis and old fashioneds, a nice match for the trio of tasty complimentary bar snacks: marinated olives, popcorn and salted almonds. The drink menu also features plenty of wines (including a few ports and sherries) and craft beers such as Two Brothers' rich Northwinds stout. Food service, when available, includes simple desserts (vanilla creme brulee, lemon tart), cheese, charcuterie and raw seafood. P.S. Don't plan to make it a late night here -- Bernard's closes at 11 p.m.