A Radish Walks into a Bar
Imperial (address and info) Downtown With its fancy hand-carved ice and tapped cocktails (get the Vieux Carré... $5 at happy hour), Imperial’s always had one foot in the future of cocktail innovation while keeping the other grounded in the past. A Radish Walks into a Bar exemplifies this attitude, incorporating radish gastrique, salt & pepper, gin, vermouth, and lemon into a glass, and emerging with a cocktail that’s remarkably satisfying, even if it represents an instance of a bartender tricking you into eating vegetables.
Sim’s Old Fashioned
Rookery Bar (address and info
Downtown You’d be forgiven for thinking you stepped back in time at The Rookery. The cocktails are of the old-school variety. The place itself is located in the loft of the historic Ladd Carriage House, and old Emmett Brown tends to sit drinking Sim’s Old Fashioned while screaming about clock towers and Libyans. Barman Dave Shenaut punches it up with Eagle Rare bourbon, muscovado, and bitters with a drink paying homage to, of all people, the founder of Reed College, who used to be a barman and, oddly enough, also knew Emmett Brown... back in the 1860s. Jumpin’ gigawatts!