Last night Kish and I stopped for a drink at Curio, the excellent German Village cocktail lounge connected to Harvest Pizzeria. Curio is a cozy joint with an interesting decor, a handful of private booths, and an extensive and interesting menu of concoctions, with servers and bartenders interested in providing a high-end cocktail lounge experience.
Boy, did she steer us in the right direction! Made with Old Tom gin, homemade raspberry juice, and some other ingredients, and topped with a fresh raspberry and a skewered piece of sugared ginger, the Curio version of the Floradora is a fantastic summer drink — light, fizzy, and flavorful. How did it ever fall out of favor as a popular cocktail option?
Last night Kish and I visited the Patterson House because Kish wanted to try a bacon-infused Old Fashioned, pictured above. The drink is made with Benton bacon-infused Four Roses bourbon, maple syrup, and pecan coffee bitters. Kish said it was “delish!”
The Patterson House is an amazing place that shows you what a cocktail lounge could be like if people just worked at it. It’s dark and quiet, with music playing in the background at just the right volume. Access is controlled, so you don’t have a bunch of people crowding in at the bar, shouting their orders. As a result, you actually can have a conversation, which isn’t possible at most bars I’ve been to recently. The place offers some well-made, lighter fare food options, too, to balance the alcohol consumption.
The bartenders and waiters clearly take great pride in their appearance and their craft. They work hard to make the perfect drink, and their list of drink options shows the kind of attention to detail that makes that goal feasible. From the spherical ice cubes to the vigorous shaking to the careful placement of an orange peel, this is the place to come if you want to savor a well-made drink and some pleasant conversation.