Food & Drink

Preferred Lies in your glass

Published On 01/05/2011 Published On 01/05/2011

With atmosphere provided by a white marble bar top, magenta booths, and grainy dark wood tables, this cocktail-aficionado counterpart to Second Kitchen serves a rotating selection of sips handcrafted by East Side Showroom and The Good Knight transplants. Behold the Tam Tam Swizzle (Crema de Mezcal, Batavia Arrack, tamarind gastrique, lime seltzer), Preferred Lies (Earl Grey-infused bourbon, apple drinking vinegar, Canton ginger foam), and a Cocchi Americano/ Benedictine/ rose water Pastis cocktail called Rowe's Anthem, possibly in honor of Mike Rowe famously singing the National Anthem before an Orioles AA squad game -- the Dirty Job being actually called up to Baltimore.

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1. Bar Congress 200 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

The bar counterpart to Second Kitchen, Bar Congress' craft cocktails use only pure, artisan ingredients in their signature drinks, which accompany an extensive collection of wines and sakes. The bar also serves an array of small plates, snacks, and entrees that are specifically tailored to house spirits.