The epicenter of activity is often the Living Room, the beautifully appointed lobby bar where the focus is on stirred cocktails. This contrasts Henrietta’s, the hotel’s restaurant, which focuses on shaken, lighter, crushable cocktails meant to accompany food. Casey wants you to spend time in both, but he is particularly focused on making you feel at home in The Living Room.
“We called it [Living Room] because we want Charleston to feel comfortable here, to have meetings in the morning here then cocktails later,” he explained. The bar looks better -- and has better cocktails -- than any living room most of us have ever called home.
The Living Room’s cocktails follow the “Southern reimagined” theme, with full-bodied, intense classics that look back to 1963. While the Old Fashioned is a common cocktail, Casey and team “make it classically prepared and then dressed to the nines.” Casey also juxtaposes those traditional drinks with boundary-pushing modern cocktails, such as a mezcal drink that floats a skewered habanero and is garnished with black salt.