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Waydown

4.3
4.3
29 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Waydown is Ace Hotel Chicago’s rooftop bar and lounge. Named after a sad song by Illinois native John Prine, Waydown draws inspiration from the long and storied tradition of Midwestern watering holes, offering ample views of the downtown skyline, nightly music and strong, no-nonsense drinks.

With an inspired bar and cocktail list and addictive bar snacks, Waydown is a place for you, from rollicking soirees to the tender nightcap.

For parties of 10 or more please email enquire@waydownchicago.com,

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Menu

Beer & Shot

  • Beer & Shot

    Your choice: Old Style, Estrella Jalisco or Founder's All Day IPA + Bourbon, Tequila, or Fernet

    Cocktails

    • Cocktails

      Gimlet, Daiquiri, Old Fashioned or Manhattan

      Waydown Burger

      • Waydown Burger

        sesame seed bun, american cheese, b&b pickles, spicy 1000 island

        For menu edits, please contact SinglePlatform at (866) 237-4564.

        What 29 people are saying

        Overall ratings and reviews

        4.3
        4.3 based on all time ratings
        • 4.1Food
        • 4.1Service
        • 4.5Ambience
        • 4.0Value

        NoiseModerate

        67% of people would recommend it to a friend

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        1. L

          Lwilkins

          Chicago

          27 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          27 reviews

          Dined on February 22, 2020

          overall5food4service4ambience5

          Always a good time with friends

        2. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Philadelphia

          1 review

          vip
          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on January 14, 2020

          overall5food3service3ambience5

          Reunion drinks from Bschool

        3. RC

          RCGLewis1

          Chicago

          2 reviews

          5.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on December 18, 2019

          overall5food4service5ambience5

          I absolutely love the Ambiance! Definitely visiting again and referring friends

        4. JP

          JaynishP

          Chicago

          11 reviews

          vip
          3.0

          11 reviews

          Dined on December 8, 2019

          overall3food5service4ambience2

          It was okay, nothing too fancy, but probably not a date spot, good place to be with a ton of friends!

        5. SK

          SeenaK

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on December 1, 2019

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          The Waydown is one of my favorite hang out spots. The service is always great, the DJs/music are awesome and the crowd is friendly and fun!

        6. KS

          KateS

          New York Area

          2 reviews

          2.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on October 11, 2019

          overall2food2service1ambience3

          It's the view stupid. Because I am required to write 50 characters I will say again: it's the view stupid.

        7. JK

          JennaK

          Chicago

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on September 28, 2019

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          I had an AMAZING time at Way Down for my birthday! Shea was so kind and patient setting up the reservation for me, and our server Georgia was so sweet and just fantastic! My whole party kept saying what a great place it was. Thank you!!

        8. RP

          RonaldP

          Chicago

          6 reviews

          4.0

          6 reviews

          Dined on September 13, 2019

          overall4food5service3ambience5

          Had to locate our server ( 1 server for about 15 tables) to be seated. Otherwise the food and view were spectacular. Bar food reimagined especially the cauliflower humus . Drinks were generous and creative. Great place for after hours drinks and snacks.

        9. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Chicago

          2 reviews

          5.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on September 7, 2019

          overall5food4service5ambience5

          We were there when the roof top just opened at 2:00 PM so understandably it was somewhat quiet. Service was great and we enjoyed the experience.

        10. CJ

          CassJ

          1 review

          2.0

          1 review

          Dined on September 7, 2019

          overall2food1service2ambience5

          The waiter only took care of us once, no one came back to see if we wanted anything else. But the drinks was disgusting anyways. The view was amazing tho

        11. G

          Giggi10

          New York Area

          4 reviews

          3.0

          4 reviews

          Dined on September 2, 2019

          overall3food4service3ambience2

          The night was gay friendly and I didn’t know. I don’t like this!

        12. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Chicago

          3 reviews

          1.0

          3 reviews

          Dined on August 31, 2019

          overall1food1service1ambience4

          Horrible service. Waited 15 min for waitress to get appetizer order of chips and guacamole, and hummus. Waited over 30 minutes for it. Eventually just asked for our tab and left.

        13. LO

          LinzeeO

          Jacksonville

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on August 18, 2019

          overall5food3service3ambience5

          I didn’t actually eat or see any food — only had drinks on the patio. But the handcrafted cocktails we got were both terrific and some of the best I had around Chicago all weekend. Would love to go back. Great ambiance and views!

        14. K

          Kelly

          Chicago

          11 reviews

          4.0

          11 reviews

          Dined on August 16, 2019

          overall4food3service2ambience4

          Service was spotty. Long wait for drinks at our table

        15. TO

          TeraO

          Chicago

          2 reviews

          5.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on August 16, 2019

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Great atmosphere, great view and great drinks. A great little secret gem to hang out and enjoy with a fabulous view.

        16. JO

          JOutlaw

          Chicago

          18 reviews

          vip
          4.0

          18 reviews

          Dined on August 6, 2019

          overall4food4service3ambience4

          Fantastic Monday Happy Hour with great energy and the best view of Chicago!

        17. KA

          KATHLEENM

          Chicago

          1 review

          5.0

          1 review

          Dined on August 5, 2019

          overall5food4service5ambience5

          We took advantage of $6 Mondays which was a great value. Views of the city are great and the outdoor seating area is very comfortable and spacious. Only downside was that the music (not live) was incredibly loud, even outside, and there were speakers everywhere so it couldn't be avoided. Great place to take out of town guests for a drink and view!

        18. T

          Tacolover

          Chicago

          6 reviews

          4.0

          6 reviews

          Dined on July 16, 2019

          overall4food4service5ambience5

          Super cute place with cheap burgers on Monday. If you can snag a spot on the rooftop it would be lovely

        19. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Naples

          7 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          7 reviews

          Dined on July 12, 2019

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Cool vibe, cool people and great service

        20. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Chicago

          9 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          9 reviews

          Dined on July 1, 2019

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Really hard to get great seats! Bottle service was nice, energy level was amazing. Overall I will be Back!

        21. EK

          ElizabethK

          1 review

          2.0

          1 review

          Dined on June 28, 2019

          overall2food2service2ambience4

          Waydown is very much a "scene" - you come here either for the view of the city or to see and be seen, but I would never recommend that you come here for the food, drinks, or service. From walking in and having to figure out the bouncer/host situation, to feeling like you're inconveniencing the servers, to having to wait an incredibly long time for food and drinks, it just wasn't a worthwhile experience. They were severely understaffed for a summer Friday afternoon and it just didn't meet my expectations.

        22. AS

          AmyS

          Chicago

          9 reviews

          3.0

          9 reviews

          Dined on June 24, 2019

          overall3food2service1ambience5

          Go for the view, which is incredible! We sat outside. The drinks are tasty, but very small pours. The bar snacks are pretty typical. The nuts were unusually good. The wait staff was not particularly friendly. We seemed to be annoying them... maybe because we weren't as young and hip as most of the crowd. But, the view is fabulous!

        23. B

          Ben13

          Chicago

          8 reviews

          4.0

          8 reviews

          Dined on June 20, 2019

          overall4food4service5ambience5

          The views are amazing and the cocktails are fun. The happy hour appetizers were on the smaller side, which was disappointing. Happy to go again.

        24. J

          Jzhang

          1 review

          1.0

          1 review

          Dined on June 18, 2019

          overall1food1service1ambience1

          It's a bad experience because I reserved on OpenTable for a table of 8 people, and I got confirmation of the table, but when we arrived Waydown, we only saw a sign saying: closed till 9pm, for private event. That reservation is for my going away party, and all people are coming from different places, so I had to call each individual that Waydown is closed, and we had to find somewhere else. I wish they could have called me and let me know it's closed beforehand.

        25. NW

          NathanielW

          Chicago

          1 review

          vip
          3.0

          1 review

          Dined on June 18, 2019

          overall3food3service3ambience3

          We booked a 15 person team meeting at the Waydown several weeks in advance. Was told upon arrival that they had rented out for a private event and didn't have room. Was notified of this change 5 minutes prior to arriving without much care or thought. With enough heads up we could have changed plans.

        26. LW

          LizW

          1 review

          4.0

          1 review

          Dined on June 15, 2019

          overall4food4service4ambience5

          Great spot to have a rooftop experience without having to worry about the weather. It’s got huge windows so you can see a 180-degree view and then 2 open patios on either side. Chicago weather is so unpredictable so this place is perfect! Drinks were good & affordable depending on what you like. Food is a small selection but pretty much has everything you need.

        27. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Chicago

          2 reviews

          5.0

          2 reviews

          Dined on April 6, 2019

          overall5food5service5ambience5

          Great drinks and snacks. Plus I loved the view. Excellent server.

        28. OT

          OpenTable Diner

          Chicago

          13 reviews

          vip
          5.0

          13 reviews

          Dined on February 22, 2019

          overall5food4service5ambience5

          Great Happy Hour spot and the DJ is always on point.

        29. UM

          UncleMatt

          Chicago

          10 reviews

          3.0

          10 reviews

          Dined on November 2, 2018

          overall3food3service1ambience3

          Booked with open table but when we arrived, there was no hostess. We were seated by the bouncers right in front of the DJ. There was also a large corporate group with reserved seating and apparently our first table was actually part of that. So we were relocated to another table where we waited for another 10 minutes for service before I took the initiative to get drinks at the bar. Apart from the awful wait staff service and disorganization, the views are great and bourbon cocktails are good! Would try again next summer.

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