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Bitch and moan: I asked for something X and got something Not-X

EvergreenDan Jun 22, 2012 05:07 AM

Maybe I expect to much of craft bars (or bars that at least pretend). Spying the edgy cocktail menu where nothing quite suited my fancy, I asked for something "bitter and sour". And got a sweet-ish whiskey sour with no egg white. Second drink I ordered "Campari, gin and lots of lime" and got ... something bitter and sour.

At least a a crappy bar, I can figure that out and order a beer.

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  1. JMF Jun 22, 2012 07:19 AM

    When I ask for something off menu or bartenders choice, I ask them to tell me what's in it before they make it.

    1. m
      monopod Jun 22, 2012 08:22 AM

      Well, now you know not to trust that bar (or at least, that bartender). Process of elimination. I've narrowed it down to a couple of bars in my town where I can reliably leave myself in the bartender's hands and get something good; the rest I now know to be specific about what I want (or just order something on the rocks/neat). I ordered a Sazerac at a local restaurant with a supposedly decent bar, and got a neat glass of Sazerac rye. When I clarified that I meant the cocktail (should I really have to clarify?), I got a "huh, never heard of that. What's in it?" I kept the neat rye.

      For what it's worth: if you find yourself in the Denver area, you can trust the bartenders at Colt & Grey in Denver and The Bitter Bar in Boulder. Very unlikely to steer you wrong.

      1. t
        tanker64 Jun 22, 2012 12:50 PM

        I only let the bartender go off classic when I know AND trust them.

        1. Dapuma Jun 22, 2012 04:05 PM

          Generally if I ask the bartender to pick something and give them a direction and I don't like it they just replace it and I go with a set drink that I know they will make properly and dont do that again

          I generally only attempt that at a few places where they are known for craft cocktails

          Did they guy not offer to make you a different drink when it wasnt done well?

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          1. re: Dapuma
            EvergreenDan Jun 22, 2012 04:40 PM

            No. Crappy waitress. I was tricked by the crafty menu.

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