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Best Cocktail bars in close-ish proximety to Providence

Dapuma Oct 12, 2013 01:08 PM

Looking for a spot to check out after a meal at Providence for a group of 6, it does not have to be walking distance to Providence the in the vicinity is nice (15 min by car), perferablly someplace celebratory as we will be out for a friends birthday

I personally would like to go for Tonga room but we need something a bit classier for the occassion - Something preferabbly with a nod to rum cocktails if possible, or a quality gin spot would not be bad

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    andytseng RE: Dapuma Oct 12, 2013 05:33 PM

    I think La Descarga fits the bill.

    Pour Vous is close by, but I've never been, so can't comment on that.

    1. ipsedixit RE: Dapuma Oct 12, 2013 06:48 PM


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        Dapuma RE: ipsedixit Oct 13, 2013 11:50 AM

        La Descarga (in case anyone is interested) could only do a table for 4 people but let 6 in, and required purchase of a bottle

        I believe we are going to skip LA and going just for Santa Barbara now, but thanks for the info

        Sassafra looks pretty interesting ips

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          bg90027 RE: ipsedixit Oct 14, 2013 12:33 PM

          I'll second Sassafras.

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            Dapuma RE: bg90027 Oct 15, 2013 10:16 AM

            Based on the website it seems Sassafras is a little more open (able to walk around) and is first come for tables? Would I need to make a reservation?

            Trip has swung to LA instead of Santa Barbara now :)

        2. Dapuma RE: Dapuma Oct 12, 2013 07:55 PM

          La Descarga seems pretty interesting, I live the live music aspect of it as well, Yelp mentions a few people talking about rum drinks

          Pour Vous's online menu didn't not impress me too much

          Both dress code policies sound good for our party as we will be dressed up

          Does anyone know roughly how long the large tasting menu lasts at Providence?

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            J.L. RE: Dapuma Oct 13, 2013 04:35 AM

            If you eat fast, 2hrs. From my experience, larger parties mobilize more slowly, in general. Nothing personal, it's just the laws that govern our universe.

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              ipsedixit RE: J.L. Oct 13, 2013 06:46 PM

              Several years ago when I did the Chef's Tasting at Providence it was close to 3 hours. And it was only 2 of us.

              My only longer meal was at the Chef's Table at Patina.

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                kevin RE: J.L. Oct 13, 2013 09:18 PM

                How long does the meals at the French Laundry rack up in hourage ?

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                  ipsedixit RE: kevin Oct 13, 2013 09:24 PM

                  The extended 18-courser took us 6+ hours. Go with someone you love.

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                    kevin RE: ipsedixit Oct 13, 2013 09:27 PM


                    Do most people go for a short walk about midway through the meal ?

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                    J.L. RE: kevin Oct 13, 2013 09:39 PM

                    My first TFL outing lasted 7 hrs. Next one was faster: "Only" 6 hrs.

                    I suggest checking getting up mid-way through and sauntering over to the FL restroom if nothing more for prevention of deep vein thromboses...

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                      Servorg RE: J.L. Oct 14, 2013 08:40 AM

                      Dinner taking over 6+ hours. Doesn't that constitute "enhanced interrogation" techniques?

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                        J.L. RE: Servorg Oct 14, 2013 12:29 PM

                        Flailing my poor palate with Matsuzaka beef. Torture indeed... :-)

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