I want to sit alone for a few hours at the best cocktail bar in your city.
While I know it might be passé by now, I'm a sucker for the modern cocktail movement. I love lush, dark, pretentious speakeasies where the cocktails take 15 minutes to make and cost my first born. As a kid, I dreamed on the day I could be the mysterious woman sitting alone at a fancy bar and here I am as an adult, with the means to fulfill my dreams.
And so, one of my favorite past times is to sit at the bar by myself for a few hours, drink delicious things and chat with the bartenders. At home, in Minneapolis, I do this at places like Marvel Bar, Parlour
, Cafe Maude
, etc. While doing a little day-dreaming today, I thought it would be fun to know the best bar to have this experience in each city in the US.
As I mentioned, the Minneapolis bars I listed are modern speakeasy-types, with (a dreaded word, I know) mixologists and craft cocktails. I would be looking for places like this as opposed to dive bars.
Cocktails a must. Beer and wine don't do it for me.
Ambience. This can mean a couple of things: dark, textured, quirky, trying-too-hard, you name it. Just not a sports bar or small-town bar (which I also love, but not for the purposes of this question).
There are tons of "best of" lists for places like this, but I'm looking for personal experiences. I want to put together a travel list so I can hit the best bar in every city I go to. In your US town, what bar best fits this criteria? Where can I, mysterious woman, sit alone at a bar in my best dress and drink?