We grabbed a pair of cocktails before dinner and enjoyed the copper-clad bar top as well as the light cords radiating from raised centres in the ceiling and suspending naked bulbs. It was a small, quiet crowd, but it was easy to see how the service might be a little slow and the space cramped on a busy night. Knowing what you're getting into makes all the difference.
The evening's drink menu was only a small subset of what is listed online, though I feel confident the bartender would have made any of the unlisted items. We tried La Louisiane and the Candelabra. The latter was not particularly well-balanced in my opinion, being too dominated by sweet and lacking a foil such as lemon juice. That didn't keep me from finishing the cocktail, but it was nothing to write home about.
La Louisiane, on the other hand, was an nice mix of flavours and surprisingly reminded me a little of a smoky scotch, with some sweetness added. It was a pretty good cocktail, and the bartender served it with a small piece of very dark (ca. 85-90%) chocolate which was a pleasant pairing.
Overall, we didn't realize the promise of their homemade bitters and herbaceous goodness, but there was enough promise to recommend another visit.
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