Posted by Hatka Hatnaa Posted on 10:30:00 AM
ABV is a very novel bar—as in The Great Gatsby or A Farewell to Arms. Inside the
British-style pub called Lazy Bastard is a wooden door hiding an antique elevator shaft that leads you down into a drinking den seemingly straight out of the 1920s. ABV is filled with a surprising selection of absinthes and—no surprise—a menu that features the green liqueur in cocktails of the speakeasy era. Order a Sazerac or a Corpse Reviver No. 2, but don’t imbibe too quickly: This den of alcoholic antiquities stays open nightly until the last customer feels like leaving. (abv.ph)The Exit is the sister concept to Blind Pig. While Blind Pig warmed up Manila to the idea of cocktail ice, bitters, tinctures, and lower volumes on the stereo, the Exit pushed the envelope. To get to the Exit, seek out the Plaza Café sandwich shop a few blocks down from Blind Pig. The bright room is filled with the smell of frying bacon for outstanding turkey sandwiches. Walk to the back and you’ll find a long wall made of dark slatted wood to your left. Give the wall a shove, and step into an easygoing, T-shirt-and-jeans-loving bar. Led Zeppelin is in heavy rotation on the stereo, and the Cosmonauts cocktail (fresh crushed raspberries, lemon, and gin) is a must-try.