cocktails collageOne of the biggest things I miss about living in a city is going out for drinks without worrying over how I’d get back home. I love me a good cocktail or a nice glass of wine (or 2 or 3). Since moving back stateside, unless someone else is driving, we usually take turns drinking so that one of us can drive us both safely home. My friend suggested we try Uber. I hear people use Uber and taxi services all the time. I don’t know why but I’m not completely comfortable taking a taxi from the suburbs to the city, but that’s just me being weird. I will definitely have to give it a try. I was hoping maybe I could convince Kevin to just move into the city instead. Perhaps a place in Fed Hill with a roof top terrace – dinner parties with a view! What do you think Kevin? 😉 I know I know, not going to happen anytime soon.

Speaking of Fed Hill, have you been recently? Loads of new businesses are set to open there like Blue Moon Cafe, Cross Bar, and The Local Fry. I follow a bunch of Baltimore restaurants and bars on twitter and a few weeks ago, I saw that Bookmakers Cocktail Club was finally opening it’s doors for their soft opening. We were planning to go into the city to meet up a friend anyway, so we arranged to meet at Bookmakers.

bookmakers

Bookmakers Cocktail Club is located on 31 E. Cross St., where Nevin’s Cross St. Station used to be. Now, I’ve never been to Nevin’s but I heard it was a dive karaoke bar (correct me if I’m wrong). Bookmakers is the polar opposite with a posh upscale vibe and a beautiful interior. Greys, blacks, romantic lighting, candlelights and plush decor. It’s by the same people who do Rye in Fell’s Point. It’s a great place to meet up with a group of friends, take a date, or relax and unwind at the bar after a long day at work. It’s different from the typical bars you’d find in Federal Hill, a good different.

As I mentioned before, we went on the first night Bookmakers opened to the public. It was only a soft opening, so they didn’t have their full menu on offer – drinks only, no food. Our server, Jessica, was great and she talked us through some of the cocktails on the menu. We tried several craft cocktails and we enjoyed each one very much. Here is what we had.

pimm's cup

Pimm’s Cup. pimm’s #1, nydc dorothy parker gin, housemade plum shrub, housemade ginger beer, fresh lemon.

federale

Federale. dobel maestro tequila, becherovka, cinnamon, fresh grapefruit and lemon, mint.

bookmakers old fashioned

Bookmakers Old Fashioned. buffalo trace bourbon, pf dry curacao, demerara, housemade bourbon barrel aged bitters, orange cube.

cuba libreCuba Libre. brugal anejo rum, housemade allspice dram, fresh lime, angostura, coca cola.

Kevin had the Federale and 2 Cuba Libres. I had the Pimm’s Cup and the Bookmakers Old Fashioned. Kevin didn’t understand why I ordered the Old Fashioned. You see, dark spirits make me shiver – like my whole body is telling me ‘Noooo don’t do it, don’t drink it ahhhh’ HAHA. Whenever Kevin drinks whiskey, I pour myself a little and nurse the glass all night. I do like to make hot whiskeys with lemon, honey and cloves or drop a splash into my coffee after dinner, but on it’s own…IT’S TOO STRONG. I’m shivering just thinking about it HAHA. I always want to order the Old Fashioned when I see it on a menu though. It just sounds cool, no? Anyways, Kevin finished it for me.

So the table next to us ordered an Absinthe fountain. It wasn’t on the menu but I think they were friends with a bartender and had the inside scoop. I need those connections man! I wanted to take a photo of it, but how creepy would I look? Super Creepy I say! So I didn’t. I would’ve ordered a fountain as well (I drink Pernod and Ricard all the time), but Kevin’s not a big licorice/anise fan and I didn’t think it would be as fun without the fountain.

We’re looking forward to going back for more delicious cocktails and to try their food. Jessica described some of the dishes the chef was planning (with seasonal and local ingredients) and they sound amazing! Check out Bookmakers Cocktail Club this weekend and let me know about your experience in the comment section below. Can’t wait to experience all the new places to come – craft cocktails (now open), awesome breakfast/diner foods, a beer garden and specialty fries! Federal Hill is hoppin’ folks! 😉

Side note –  Sorry I haven’t been as good with the posts, it’s been a busy month. I’ve been posting quick entries daily on the Food Journal, check out what I’ve been eating all month!

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