The Bradstreet Crafthouse Restaurant at the Graves 601 Hotel in downtown Minneapolis is a mouthful....as a name, it is too long. However, insofar as drinks you put in your mouth, it's a bar that your dad, and his dad, would recognize and love. Beer, wine, champagne? No. Go away now. Want a Manhattan, or an old school martini with vermouth? Stay. Drink. Repeat.
This is a bar for cocktails, simple or complex, that taste exactly as originally intended. In a world where contemporary home bars are stuffed with wine, a bottle of vodka and maybe some gin or whiskey - where store-bought seltzer or tonic serve as mixers - the art of making and thereby appreciating real cocktails has passed. Our generation has ruined kids' sports, Major League Baseball and now cocktails.
Bradstreet is here to help us. Ever taste sweet vermouth? It's great straight up, let alone in a Manhattan. The bartenders make drinks from a broad menu. The mixing show is worth your seat alone. The fruits used in some of the more festive drinks will cause you to rationalize your third and fourth drinks as scurvy preventatives. As orders flow in across the full liquor spectrum from the bar's patrons, you will sip, sample and stand in judgement on numerous drinks and their constituent ingredients.
Please take some advise and fix what you broke - allow your kids some unstructured neighborhood play time, accept the fact that there is a 10 year steroid era with some residual effects running through MLB's system, and take notes at Bradstreet, then repair to your home bar and start to mix some real drinks with fresh ingredients measured exactly. You will feel better immediately.
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