What’s new for fall? At least five new places to enjoy spirits, wine and bubbly. Cheers!
The Finishing Room | Angels Envy Distillery
You know The Finishing Room at Angels Envy Distillery has to be an uber cool spot. It was designed by a group of Whiskey Guardians (bartenders and mixologists). You can’t just drop in whenever you feel like it. Only guests on distillery tours are invited to enjoy a cocktail. So, go on the tour, for goodness sake, to learn how the artisan, award-winning whiskey is made. Summer cocktails are a play on a summer reading list. There’s the Life of Pi(neapple), Kernel in the Rye (Catcher in the Rye, get it?) and the Coconut Orange. Yep, it took us a second or two to figure out the Clockwork Orange reference but it didn’t take us long to want to sign up for another tour and another go at the cocktails. 500 E. Main Street, 502-890-6300.
Don’t wait for birthdays, weddings, anniversaries or promotions to delight in a glass of Champagne or sparkling wine. That delight is played out in effervescent style at The Champagnery. The menu at the chic urban Clifton digs is divided into Prestige Cuvée, Non-vintage Champagne and Grower. If you need a primer on those categories, the knowledgeable staff will be happy to oblige. Accompanying still wines are beer and a full bar. Classic cocktails take on a spin with the addition of sparkling wine. The Mother Theresa is a sophisticated sister of the Old Fashioned. The Orchid is a sensation of lychee and sparkling wine. If you work up an appetite from the bubbles, you’re in luck. Munching takes on savory new meaning with almonds, cheese and charcuterie, oysters on the half shell and truffle popcorn. The Champagnery’s desserts are a sweet ending to the bubbly indulgence. 1764 Frankfort Avenue, 502-896-8050.
The Wine Bar at Work the Metal
We thought Work the Metal had everything—jewelry, clothing, furniture, home accessories. Everything but a wine bar. That missing piece is now one of the best spots in town take a break from shopping and to drop in for small plates, a glass of wine or a beer. Prosecco, and red, white and rosé wines are on tap. Maybe on-tap wine isn’t the best invention ever, but we can’t think of many that top it. Work the Metal partnered with Scarlet’s Bakery to offer charcuterie, cheese, hummus and chicken salad plates, as well as pastries, cookies and muffins. Paul’s Market has joined the tasty line-up with a few salads. Coffee 333, by Red Hot Roasters, is only half as evil as 666. Clever, isn’t it, in the wink and a nod way that is so Work the Metal? 1201 Story Avenue, 502-584-2841.
Alex&nder, the third-floor bar at Copper & Kings, showcases a skybar with a take-your-breath-away view. If you didn’t know that Copper & Kings produces gin and absinthe as well as the brandy, a visit to the bar is a great way to be in the know. On the Cocktails, Concoctions and Libations menu are Classics, Covers and Indies. For the Classics, think Brandy Alexander, Sidecar and Negroni, among others. The Covers? A Harvard (a Manhattan) and Amigo Viejo (a Mexican Old Fashioned.) Guns & Rosé, and the Pinot Noir Gimlet are only two of the Indies. And, of course, at Copper & Kings, you can’t go wrong with brandy on the rocks. The food menu wasn’t an afterthought. Check out the charcuterie plates—cured lamb, city ham, fig and pig terrine and dry cured lamb ham—and the three cheese plates.1121 E. Washington Street, 502-561-0267