classic cocktails ~ $12

beautiful jewels of gin, chartreuse and vermouth

aperol spritz
classic italian! dry, crisp and refreshing with champagne and lemon

jungle bird
tiki time with dry blend of rum, campari, pineapple and lime

modern inspirations ~ $12

squid ink and scotch make this deep blue cooler salty and savory

fat duck
dare you not to love duck fat infused mezcal with lime and honey

don’t get scared away from having this reversed manhattan with amaro montenegro, bourbon, fernet branca and orange bitters

tradesman ~ $8

r & b
rye and benedictine served undiluted and very very cold

hickory hound
greyhound variant with vermouth and bitters

choke up!
step up to the plate and try this whiskey sour with cynar, lemon, sugar and bitters!

current choices ~  price varies

milk punch of the season
Mary Rockett’s original formula with new ingredients

drink of the week
taste the flavor we’re focused on

drink of the day
find out what has inspired us today

bartender’s choice
pick your spirit and your fruit (or lack there of)


spicy caramel popcorn~ $3 or $8 (with bacon)
buttery, sweet, + a hint of heat

bread + butter ~ $3
housemade bread served with salted butter

warm assorted olives ~ $4
with hot peppers & extra-virgin olive oil

crackers an ~ $6
russian cheese salad with veggie dip

cheese ~ $20
three cheeses served with nuts and fruits


pork buns ~ $8
soy braised pork belly, daikon slaw on steamed buns

yu hsiang eggplant buns ~ $8
a different take on the classic chinese take out

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