The Rhino Bar is somewhat tucked away and risks being passed over in the shadow of nearby Forty1 North and Christie's. While I don't recommend spending an entire night here because there is no atmosphere to speak of, it is a terrific place to grab a bite to eat and a drink on a night-long crawl through town. I must give credit where it's due. Here's why:
1. Best Hendricks + tonic hands down, anywhere in the vicinity of Christie's Wharf. Also, about $5 cheaper than the ones served at Forty 1 North, which up-charges for the view to an almost ludicrous degree, thank you very much!
Now, for the carnivores among us...
2. The Rhino Burger (about $10) is unreal. The fries they serve with the burger are equally epic. I often share it with my boyfriend, it's definitely big enough for two.
3. The buffalo chicken nachos (also about $10) are out of this world! They feature blue corn nachos, black bean paste, blue cheese and lots of chicken in a spicy, tangy sauce. Again, this is a dish for two or more people.
Both numbers 2 and 3 are best enjoyed with the aforementioned Hendricks + tonic.
4. Bartender Will Calhoun is phenomenal. Step up to the bar, do yourself and your friends a favor and ask for Will; you are guaranteed to become happily tipsy with anything he's serving. He used to bartend at Christie's next door. He is a consummate pro, and a darn nice guy to boot.
So, full disclosure: the bathrooms are not the nicest. The space itself is seriously lacking in character. There is no view whatsoever, and with the ocean right outside the door, this is a bummer.
But the 1-2-3 punch of excellent food, drinks and staff keep us coming back, weekend after weekend.
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