Dear Irving is an old-school cocktail parlor with a <em>Midnight in Paris</em> kind of vibe. The bar is made up of four separate rooms, each of which represents a different historical character. The drinks are stellar -- as you'd expect from Meaghan Dorman, who's also behind the Raines Law Room -- and every cocktail is as much an experience as the interior. The espresso martini packs a huge punch with Irving Farm Coffee Roasters cold brew and vanilla liqueur. Note: Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are definitely encouraged.
The 1920s-themed Dear Irving is probably one of the best date-night speakeasy bars, for a multitude of reasons. Enter the space through unassuming apartment-esque double doors and you’ll find yourself in Marie Antoinette’s dressing room, or in the Mad Men era depending on which side of the bar you’re seated in. The space is opulent and romantic, and we are firm believers that any drink made with hand cut ice is objectively tastier. Their spring cocktail list boasts the fruity and refreshing Poppy Collins with local gin, rhubarb liqueur and strawberries, while spicier options include the Whiskey Business with Ancho Reyes.