When it comes to cocktails, a solid foundation of flavors and an intrepid element of invention separate the artist from the workaday mixer. Eat Street’s bulletin of drinks shows off its mastery of wide-ranging and complex tastes, from the ghoulishly sweet to the dry-as-death, while sharp, adventurous bartenders are always up to the challenge of improvising custom blends upon request, never to be reproduced. Perhaps a guest dreams of an evening drink that pairs the vegetal bite of a Bloody Mary with the creamy texture of egg white—Eat Street’s fearless mixologists will give it a shot. A massive three-sided bar attracts serious cocktail connoisseurs who like to talk shop, as well as everyday foodies who simply enjoy watching alchemy at work. Eat Street Social is a plush tableau of romantic wicker furnishings and sleek pagan art, with food worthy of a special occasion to boot.
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