We visited as a prelude to dinner, on the recommendation of our hotel. (Casa Camper, only a block away), intending to have one martini each. We arrived about 7:30 on a Friday, just before the rush. The three tuxedoed bartenders are true mixologists, with a bit of showmanship thrown in to the mix. The bar is appropriately dark, classic art (Miro) adorns the walls, bar stools only or you stand. They must have at least 30 types of gin, I had a dry Hendrich's. To watch them mix it is a work of art. They start with a chilled glass, gin from the freezer, and lots of ice in the mix glasses. The bartender pours the mix back and forth between two glasses, at times from a distance of several feet. The martini glass is filled, an olive perfectly tooth picked and placed, and the residual is saved and used to top you off after a couple sips. The crowd was upscale professionals and tourists. We had a wonderful conversation with a couple Brits in town for the weekend. 2 martinis later, plus a "mandatory" gin & tonic from our new Brit friends, and we were out the door, pleasantly inebriated and off for our next course.
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