This place is the best. It's a classic speakeasy. Down a stairway from street level, with no signage at all. And the doors are blacked out.
Once you finally realize that yes, this really is the place you are greeted by a dizzying array of bottles (the picture below only shows half--their dark liquors. And yes, those are absinthe fountains). They have a liquor book like some restaurant's wine lists. Very solid variety in most styles.
Over the last couple nights I have had several excellent and/or interesting drinks here:
- Genevieve Genever
- St. George Rye Gin
- Tenneyson Absinthe Royale (louched)
- Left Hand Milk Stout (nitro)
- Bols Barrel Aged Genever
- Tenneyson Absinthe Royale (neat, with a dash of Peychauds bitters)
- A few fantastic, well executed and interestingly conceived cocktails
The Genevieve, out of San Francisco of all places, is unbelievable. Cheaper than the Bols and way more flavor. It tastes like brandied raisins. Big, round and warm.
The Left Hand Milk Stout is also amazing. I'm now pissed I didn't just set that keg up at work on St. Patrick's Day like I intended, instead of putting in Guinness for the traditionalists. It would have been worth the wrath of my boss. It's that good.
Lastly, the Tenneyson. Wow. Louched, it's... interesting. More complex than I'd expected. Interesting mint notes. But I'm not really a fan of traditional louched absinthe. Had it neat and... it blew my mind. Powerful, rich. Hints of leather, almost. Not so sweet. I could drink this all day, especially when you add a touch of Peychauds in.+Alex Scrivener
, if you're ever in the area, do look it up. Most of the bartenders are bearded, vest wearing types, and all mix incredibly good cocktails, as well.