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Oct 12, 2013 01:08 PM

Best Cocktail bars in close-ish proximety to Providence

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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  1. I think La Descarga fits the bill.

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

      1. re: ipsedixit

        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

          1. re: bg90027

            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 :)

        1. 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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          1. re: Dapuma

            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.

            1. re: J.L.

              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.

              1. re: J.L.

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

                1. re: kevin

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

                  1. re: ipsedixit


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

                  2. re: kevin

                    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...

                    1. re: J.L.

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

                      1. re: Servorg

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