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The Bedford

The Bedford

(Now Closed)
New American Restaurant and Cocktail Bar$$$$
Wicker Park, Chicago
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  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedOctober 2, 2015
    "You really can’t go wrong with an order of deviled eggs. It’s a great way to start a night. Chef Mark Steuer has an amazing palate and is one of the nicest guys in town." Chef Gilbert Langlois Read more
  • Nae N.heart icon on user image
    Nae NaeFebruary 13, 2015
    Went with 20 people& had an amazing time. Amazing food & decor. Its an underground 1920's bank with Bank Vault & safe deposit boxes throughout its incredible. Try the mac n cheese& cauliflower
  • Xandrea R.heart icon on user image
    Xandrea RapierApril 3, 2017
    Great place to celebrate with friends. Top notch service, great cocktails, good food and good music. Food, drink, and dancing all in one spot! Cocktails in the vault a must, reminisce of a speakeasy.
  • Brooke K.heart icon on user image
    Brooke KruegerFebruary 15, 2015
    I love how cozy this place is. Sitting on the vault is by far my favorite. I do like how they replaced a lot of the high top tables with shorter tables and comfy chairs, it makes it more intimate
  • Shannon J.
    Shannon JeropkeJune 17, 2016
    Smoking Gun ($11) If you're looking for something tall, dark and smoky, the Wicker Park bar's has the cure: rosemary-infused mezcal, creme de cassis, egg white, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters.
  • Thrillist
    ThrillistFebruary 12, 2014
    Get The Bedford Burger stacked with onion marmalade, cheddar, bacon, and garlic aioli, and always pay the extra $3 to have poutine added to your side of fries. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoApril 24, 2012
    Former HotChocolate chef Mark Steuer keeps it seasonal with dishes such as braised chicken with greens in a whole-grain mustard broth, and sates late-night appetites with grilled cheese on black bread Read more
  • Mary A.
    Mary AlesandriniApril 18, 2016
    8.5 - Amazing cheeseburger and Mac and cheese. Hip place, great DJ (turns into a dance floor later), gorgeous interior.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoJuly 7, 2014
    The dining space itself feels cavernous, and it’s really three spaces, the most impressive of which is the former bank vault. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 30, 2012
    On Tuesdays, chef Mark Steuer slashes the price of ocean-fresh oysters (regularly $2 each) in half, and the bar follows suit, knocking 50 percent off all sparkling wines and Champagnes. Read more
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoDecember 6, 2011
    Try the The Bedford Bloody Mary from our 100 Best list: The kimchi actually belongs in this drink. It adds a pleasant background of earthiness to what otherwise would be just tomato juice and spice.
  • Time Out Chicago
    Time Out ChicagoMarch 2, 2012
    With cream cheese, tomato, bacon, a fried egg and hot sauce, the burger is a beast. The doubly crisp potatoes are tasty enough to take up space needed for a funky, delicious kimchi Bloody Mary. Read more
  • AskMen
    AskMenApril 29, 2011
    Located in an old bank vault The Bedford is a new "secret" basement. Try the Jacknife Judys (Templeton Rye, Rishi Vanilla Black Tea Reduction, Cynar, Muscat dessert wine, Orange bitters) Read more
  • Niket D.
    Niket DesaiMarch 9, 2014
    Super sweet spot on weekends because of the live DJ. Get the Gnocchi. The Hemingway for drinks is great too.
  • Emily S.heart icon on user image
    Emily S.August 16, 2014
    Entrance is a wooden door on the side of CVS. Classy atmosphere. Free cauliflower fritters if you check in on yelp.
  • Philip P.heart icon on user image
    Philip PrimoMarch 6, 2014
    Stop by on Saturdays or sometimes on the weekends when they have a live little jam band playing!
  • Ron S.
    Ron SamuelsDecember 9, 2011
    The Vault is where it's at! You can actually strike up a conversation with those at the end of bench. (You'll understand when you're there.)
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DrogosJuly 19, 2011
    Super cool atmosphere (once a bank; safe is super cool) Mac 'n cheese was unreal. Grilled cheese was also delicious. No complaints about anything!
  • Kate L.
    Kate LeeNovember 14, 2011
    1/2 bowl of Pisco punch is enough for three. Charred baby octopus and macaroni gratin are dishes to try. Small portions, but easily shared for the most part.
  • David S.
    David SavinFebruary 12, 2012
    The burger here was a very pleasant surprise. One of my favorites. Try the bowl of Pisco sour as well!
  • Samantha B.heart icon on user image
    Samantha BornemannNovember 22, 2016
    Great oysters, nice cocktails. Skip the short, dry fries as a table side.
  • ben m.
    ben mMarch 19, 2016
    Friendly staff, average food, cheesy music.
  • Raoul B.
    Raoul BaddeOctober 30, 2011
    Get a Bedford bloody Mary (comes with a beer back!) with the pork belly benedict. Perfect Sunday food combo.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SpeierFebruary 12, 2012
    Great setting and good food plus drinks are pretty good too... Get the punch bowl for 3 or more
  • Lauren E.
    Lauren EbySeptember 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you are veg and love lots of flavor, go for the gnocchi... So yummy and loads of veggies!!!
  • Xandrea R.heart icon on user image
    Xandrea RapierApril 3, 2017
    Service top notch great cocktails good food and good music
  • Solveig S.
    Solveig SeibitzMarch 1, 2014
    the location is very nice, perfect for a date but a bit too fancy for my taste.
  • Dee E.heart icon on user image
    Dee EmCeeAugust 31, 2016
    Great for a date. Good food. Fun place.
  • L K.heart icon on user image
    L KMarch 13, 2016
    Neat spot in the basement. Chill atmosphere.
  • parker j.
    parker jaydenDecember 24, 2013
    New Year's Eve 2014 Party at The Bedford - Chicago, IL early @ Tuesday December 31, 2013.Grab Your Tickets @
  • Janelle P.
    Janelle PetersNovember 5, 2014
    The historic fixtures of this venue make this a good choice.
  • James Y.
    James YoungJune 17, 2012
    The charred octopus is really good, just like the cheddar cheese app.
  • Christine H.
    Christine HongAugust 3, 2013
    The deviled eggs were delish. The pork belly was a bit too salty. Nice atmosphere and it wasn't too crowded.
  • Laura W.
    Laura WMarch 14, 2016
    Bar/restaurant in an old bank. Very cool atmosphere.
  • Annie R.heart icon on user image
    Annie RattereeSeptember 11, 2014
    It's all great but yummy champagne and desserts!!
  • Topshop
    TopshopMay 29, 2012
    Isn't a bank just the coolest venue for a bar? We love that it has all the old features - safe deposit boxes, vaults etc.
  • Nate F.
    Nate FaulknerJanuary 8, 2012
    This place is amazing. Great atmosphere and you must check out the vault.
  • Meredith K.
    Meredith K.October 10, 2013
    Week night live music in the vault, what a pleasant surprise!
  • Kristina B.
    Kristina BeeDecember 3, 2011
    their water is so good. best ever. obviously laced with crack.
  • Aubre
    AubreAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Sip a cocktail in the bank vault. Good place to take guests.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerMay 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Triple Threat by Bedford Mixologist Justin Anderson: equal parts hum, Fernet, Cynar. Sweet/Tart/Red/Dark/Slinky/Naughty
  • Ergin E.heart icon on user image
    Ergin EroğluAugust 8, 2015
    Good club with good drinks
  • Antonio S.
    Antonio ScarpelliAugust 31, 2013
    Try the Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale! Outstanding!!!!
  • Brook H.
    Brook HarrisJune 5, 2012
    Try the Pork Chop - Great cut, super juicy...
  • Jackie P.
    Jackie PalmerApril 24, 2014
    1$ oysters and half price bubbles on Thursdays!
  • Marco H.
    Marco HowellOctober 5, 2011
    Get the Mac and cheese, trout and whiskey ice cream.
  • Brianne W.
    Brianne WJanuary 14, 2016
    Check out the room with all of the safety deposit boxes!
  • Pilar S.
    Pilar ScratchAugust 18, 2011
    Amazed that this place was a prior bank.simple gorgeous.
  • LXTV
    LXTVJuly 18, 2011
    Executive chef Mark Steuer recommends his crispy walleye over clams and chorizo. Read more
  • Jamie
    JamieMay 16, 2011
    Skip the food-- go for the atmosphere and drinks. Friendly staff too!
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