If a thirty-seat cocktail lounge can provide for intimate imbibing, imagine the mind-blowing intimacy provided by a cocktail lounge ten times that size. Opening Thursday: Volstead.
Volstead's a dark-paneled, chandeliered basement joint that'll comfortably hold 300 -- more than enough room for you and your project team to enjoy after-work drinks and blistering conversation re: projects. The cocktail menu moderns up Prohibition classics, like Sweet Manhattans made with Mathilde pear, Bourbon Collins made with Basil Hayden, and a Caramel Apple Martini, made with ulterior motives. Chef Dominic Giuliano's eats include sliders and pops (mac 'n' cheese, baked potato, etc), the latter devised under the philosophy "if you can eat it, he will put it on a stick" -- Field of Dreams causality that makes for easy snacking, but offers limited dead-baseball-playing-daddy-issue resolution.
Like the lounge itself, Volstead's bottle service is based upon a truly commodious metric, as $48 gets you 6-8 drinks worth of cocktail -- a portion that'll make girlish 6oz cocktails as passé as the pint-sized lounges that serve them.