This sultry, polished cocktail lounge from Tom Brown -- the guy behind Hogo and The Passenger -- offers its famous "French 95" cocktail for 100$ a pop. The remainder of the cocktail menu, both classic and original in nature, is surprisingly well-priced. Listing 20 or so drinks featuring an intriguing selection of ingredients -- think gingerbread cookies and ignited lemon peels -- the place is something of a craft cocktail mecca. Food-wise, it serves a number of snacks and small plates -- things like house-made olives and brie with aged balsamic -- but the inventive, original drinks are by far the stand out offering. And while the space itself feels somewhere between an upscale lounge and a well-designed living room, the showy bow-tie-clad mixologists always manage to keep the bar bustling and lively.
An unmarked door—and yes, as the name implies, it’s the one to the left of the building’s entryway—leads to a stairway to this neighborhood bar that’s on the radar of both regulars and those in the bar industry. The menu here isn’t afraid to take some chances and get creative. That said, bartenders are as knowledgeable as they come and adept at mixing up the classics from the cocktail rolodex, so feel free to call your shot.
How to book: First come, first served