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  • Ashy Oldlady

    I’ve never been there, but would I be right in guessing that this is the place where you’d go to find especially fussy, hipsterish cocktails that might be pushing $20 and in some cases, take more than ten minutes to make?

    • Yes^3. I believe it’s actually a cocktail tasting menu, so you get a flight of drinks.
      Still, the interior looks amazing. Seems like a good place to go once a year for a special occassion.
      Is it reservation only, Justin?

      • Ashy Oldlady

        Yeah, it seems like the sort of place I might take out of town guests, but I’m not going there every Friday night, that’s for sure.

      • Haven’t been, but I heard it was cocktail tasting/reservations at the bar and open seating with no tasting menu everywhere else. At the old location it was $75 for the tasting menu (3 drinks and a small bite), but don’t know about cost now.

      • justinbc

        They’ve split the bar up until multiple sections now. There’s still “the Columbia Room” tasting experience in the private room section of the bar. This is a 3 course ($75) or 5 course ($100) cocktail tasting menu with a few small bites. Tax and tip are included. The other 3 bar areas (2 yet to open) are all a la carte, with drinks ranging from $12 to $100 and spirits going upwards of 200 years old if I recall. The best thing I can compare the tasting experience to is a minibar for cocktails. It’s on the extreme end of nerdy, exploratory drinking. It’s not meant to get you drunk (in the same way that minibar isn’t intended to “fill you up”), it’s meant to expose you to things that you would never find elsewhere. If you go into it from a value proposition standpoint you need to decide whether experiencing new things is what’s important, or just getting a buzz.

        • justinbc

          Oh and sorry, yes for the tasting experience it is reservations through their website. I would imagine if for some reason they weren’t totally booked you could get in just by showing up, but I don’t foresee that happening for a while.
          Additional photos here for anyone curious of how the drinks look:
          https://www.flickr.com/photos/wedoitforlove/albums/72157664344545562
          In the photos above, the room with all the chairs is part of the library, then you go through the access door to the “Columbia Room” where you walk into what looks like a movie theater of a bar with the mosaic wall. The little booths sit behind the bar and are for while you’re waiting on your reservation to open, or if you’ve extended your 2 hour time slot and need some additional time to finish your drinks. It’s a very well thought out design and clearly no detail left untouched.

          • justinbc

            (this was also the first shots I’ve taken with the new camera and lenses, apologies that I accidentally switched over to shooting at F11 somewhere in the middle before realizing lol)

    • The cocktails on the menu are all 12-15 dollars. The tasting menu seems a little pricey to me at 75$. But at least at CR the price is matched with expert bartenders and a classy experience. A lot of places are charging 12-15$ and still delivering a mediocre experience.

    • I don’t know what an “especially fussy, hipsterish cocktails” consists of, but you may be disappointed if you word it like that. I went for my birthday a few years back. Three drinks, plus really good olives/ham, and some bone marrow. There were only about 10 seats so you got a lot of personal attention. The first two cocktails they chose to give the group – The last cocktail you tell them things you like (spirits, ingredients, flavor profiles) and they will come up with a cocktail that they think you will like, but at the same time may not be ultra common.

      The bartenders really know what they are doing and no detail is overlooked here (like a lot of places do with ice). I’d only do it for a special occasion, but had a great time.

  • Ashy Oldlady

    I’ve never been there, but would I be right in guessing that this is the place where you’d go to find especially fussy, hipsterish cocktails that might be pushing $20 and in some cases, take more than ten minutes to make?

  • Ashy Oldlady

    I’ve never been there, but would I be right in guessing that this is the place where you’d go to find especially fussy, hipsterish cocktails that might be pushing $20 and in some cases, take more than ten minutes to make?

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