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Alder bar director Kevin Denton's dinnertime drink menu includes what I contend is a mighty nifty feature: the option to order several of the cocktails as "shorts." You get less than a full drink and pay half of the full price. For instance, you can have yourself a Bloody Mary tasting by ordering a trio of shorts. Our favorite: the Yellow Light, a bright, savory-sweet combination of pineapple, yellow pepper, and jalapeño tequila.
I was curious, in a city where well-made cocktails have become the norm, if the bar at Keens—in so many ways a throwback to Old New York—had been left behind.
Cocktails at Wallflower, a new cocktail bar in New York's West Village, are the dominion of bartender Xavier Herit, who logged seven years behind the stick at the bar and lounge at Daniel before departing for his present post.
Comstock Saloon is a destination for classic cocktails, a haven from the bustling neighborhood of North Beach.
If you love your drinks brown, bitter, and stirred, you'll be in heaven at Sonny's Hideaway in Los Angeles.
Though many bars pay lip service to seasonal ingredients and housemade concoctions, there's a unique finesse to the way all the ingredients are used at Goldie's—the very best of Southern California seems to make it into each cocktail glass.
Why, in a city so rich with rock-solid corner bars, do I praise the Charleston above all others? So many good small things that add up to something great.