After a visit at the Cleveland Museum of Art, a group of friends and I stopped by L'Albatros for an early aperitif - around 4:15 pm. We sat at the bar where we were the only customers. The bartender could not hear our orders even when we repeated them a couple of times. I think he was having trouble understanding us (or just hearing) even though we all spoke perfect American English.
Anyway, one of us ordered the manzanilla sherry off the regular drink list. The bartender didn't know if they had it, spend 10 minutes looking for it, then he offered us the sherry (which is what the manzanilla was but he didn't know that obviously) and he proceeded to also overcharge us for it - $12 instead of $8.
I ordered a Lillet, chilled, with two ice cubes. I received a large red wine glass full of ice cubes as if it were iced water. I could barely taste the Lillet. For those of you who like Lillet and drink it regularly like me, you will know that this is not how it should be served. Still, at least they had it!
The rest of us ordered the Gemini Cocktail -- which was actually very good (with Grapefruit vodka, St. Germaine, and grapefruit juice) and the happy hour beer.
We ordered the french fries as well. They arrived literally five minutes later and they were not very good -- thick, tasteless, and a bit burned on the edges as if they had been over-fried in order to conceal their frozen bag origin.
Overall, I am not impressed with the bar drinks and service. But again, this is my impression ONLY of the bar, not the restaurant.
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