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While I have a list of over 500 Custom Cocktails on foodspotting.com most of which are local, I realized I don’t have a list of the worthwhile cocktail bars concisely listed. In order to address that the following list was created. It is in alphabetical order with notes on particulars that caused me to like and list them. About half of them are restaurants with good bars , the other half straight up cocktail bars with some food ( if any of that matters to you ),

Later I might get around to a list of beer centric, dive, and other types of bars when I get a chance.

Cheshire 647 South Avenue Rochester, NY 14620 (585) 232-3070
Above Solera Wine Bar, a speakeasy kind of bar with a somewhat limited, and relatively static menu, but where they shine is their collection of high quality and exotic, for Rochester anyway, spirits.Their Grasshopper is to die for and helps you understand why Grandpa fell in love with them in France after he chased the Germans off. They can also of course mix a lot of other cocktails with their collection.
Small and fairly intimate with friendly and welcoming bartenders.

Cure 50 Public Market St Rochester, NY 14609 (585) 563-7941
A small bistro which is a coffee shop by day and a bar/restaurant at night. Again a somewhat limited but inventive cocktail menu full of slightly geeky drinks at times but all of them lovely. A somewhat small but carefully select collection of spirits and a (very) limited beer selection. Outstanding if smallish food menu.

Daily Refresher 293 Alexander St Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 360-4627
This place is almost 2 different bars really. They are both located in the same building , one upstairs, one on the first floor, but the personalities of both  are rather different, vibe, spirits collections ,and personalities. The upstairs feels larger and more expansive. It also contains a much bigger whiskey collection – one of the largest in the city, and a very diverse collection of other spirits and has a more pronounced Steampunk atmosphere than downstairs. It also sports a back deck area. The downstairs has a more cozy if not underground feel to it, rather darker, and kind of a speakeasy sort of vibe. Tends to be a bit quieter than upstairs and has a smaller collection of spirits but still quite good. The Daily also has a small kitchen and a food truck out back. Both serve excellent custom cocktails and are quite capable with most of the classics also with a good selection of spirits for you to chose from for ingredients for both if you so desire.

Flight West  836 Long Pond Rd Rochester, NY 14612 (585) 417-5332
One of the largest collections of whiskey in the Rochester area

Good Luck Restaurant 50 Anderson Ave Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 340-6161
The mothership of Cure, with a inventive if short custom cocktail list and capable of making the classics just right. Great food with many organic, heritage and heirloom items. Menu has many items that are oversized and designed to share.

Lento 274 Goodman St North, Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 271-3470

Orbs Restaurant and Bar 758 South Ave Rochester, NY 14620 (585) 471-8569

Radio Social 20 Carlson Rd, Rochester, NY 14610 (585) 244-1484

The Revelry 1290 University Ave Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 340-6454

The Vesper 1 Capron St, Rochester, NY 14607 (585) 454-1996
A small restaurant and bar tucked away on a side street near the 490 ramps and the Geva Theater ( or for those old enough to remember the old Naval Armory. Their signature drink is of course the Vesper a cocktail made with Zamir Vodka, Gin, Lillet Blanc and shaken not stirred a la James Bond. They have a smallish but good selection of spirits including many local ones, a well chosen beer selection and seafood to die for.

 

Alibi Lounge July 20th (Day 1 of Tales)

Bar at the Alibi
This is the scene from the Alibi Lounge (815 Iberville) . The Alibi is my second home or base during Tales each year. Contrary to popular belief, I do take a hotel room and do not actually live at the Alibi itself during Tales. I do go to my hotel about twice a day to shower, change clothes, and on rare occasions lie down. It has many advantages over a number of other bars or even the media room for a writer ( or anyone else) who needs a good ( notice I didn’t say nice) place to drink, eat, and hangout with friends at all hours and not be bothered.
The beer selection is one of the best in the area there, they serve good bar food 24 hours a day and even deliver, and it is a service bar so most of the clientele are bartenders, wait staff and off duty strippers.
So guys, if a woman expresses an interest in you there you know they are serious as they are off duty.
Another advantage is because they do escort services for customers carrying fair amounts of cash (see above), the staff are armed – so like a cop bar it’s a safe place to be- it has a reputation and the local criminals (at least the robbery types) know to avoid it. Downside is don’t ask for a Sazerac or any other mixed drink that needs much in the way of ingredients or mixology skills- won’t happen. But otherwise it is at least 1/2 the price of the Absinthe House and much less crowded. It is also relatively isolated being around the corner from Bourbon Street – so you don’t get all the amateurs and riffraff that you get on Bourbon Street.

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Tales from Tales or “You are assuming I have a sense of shame”

The photographer who took these pictures said something about blackmail and I said “You are assuming I have a sense of shame”

This is a story about how I tried to show that you can’t outdo anyone from Tales,we are professionals, and we have a reputation to live up (down) to.
We went on the walking tour of New Orleans Bars Sunday afternoon (after the Hemingway Memorial Bar Crawl) and were in the oldest Gay Bar in the United States – Cafe Lafite in Exile it goes down hill from here….read on if you must…
Before we went in the the place the guide warned us “Guys, be ready they love to play games with the tourists and try to freak them out – it keeps them amused, so be ready.”
I replied “If anyone hits on me I take it as a compliment” so this Drag Queen is Vamping in the doorway taunting us to come in (See Drag Queen in Doorway)
we come in and she comes up to me and (see Kissing Drag Queen)… They didn’t get the actual contact but trust me Cheryl will tell you….I may have given her mental scars for life…Then they gave me this drink (see P7220320.JPG photo) and this is what I did with it (see During photo) again they missed the wink to the crowd, but the crowd saw it and loved it after that I asked theBartender



The photographer who took these pictures said something about blackmail and I said “You are assuming I have a sense of shame”

This is a story about how I tried to show that you can’t outdo anyone from Tales,we are professionals, and we have a reputation to live up (down) to.
We went on the walking tour of New Orleans Bars Sunday afternoon (after the Hemingway Memorial Bar Crawl) and were in the oldest Gay Bar in the United States – Cafe Lafite in Exile it goes down hill from here….read on if you must…
Before we went in the the place the guide warned us “Guys, be ready they love to play games with the tourists and try to freak them out – it keeps them amused, so be ready.”
I replied “If anyone hits on me I take it as a compliment” so this Drag Queen is Vamping in the doorway taunting us to come in (See Drag Queen in Doorway)
we come in and she comes up to me and (see Kissing Drag Queen)… They didn’t get the actual contact but trust me Cheryl will tell you….I may have given her mental scars for life…Then they gave me this drink (see P7220320.JPG photo) and this is what I did with it (see During photo) again they missed the wink to the crowd, but the crowd saw it and loved it after that I asked the bartender (about the size of Martin from Forbidden Tiki ) for a blowjob (which he handed me) for some reason I started getting these free drinks… anyway I then I proceeded to carry this drink around with me for the rest of the tour (see after) including stopping to chat with Laurence Fishburn (who to his credit only raised one eyebrow slightly at the sight of me – Hurricane (from Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop of course) in one hand and that in the other .
Anyway I think I helped establish that anyone from Tales can hold their own at Cafe Lafitte in Exile and more importantly can probably get at least one round free.

Spirits Review Blog

Spirits Review Blog

Hello to Everyone,

This is our first piece on this blog beyond the test we did earlier today.

Well we finally have started to get the webpage up and out there for the drinking public and we are of course already a bit behind.

We hope to have more reviews done this week and a RSS newsfeed set up in the near future to provide daily new content on our page.

We are also going to add a local link to review area purveyors whether they are bars, wineries or liqour stores . Whether we will be welcome in any of these afterwards is already open to question.

I did a scathing ( but much deserved ) review of one of Rochester , New Yorks brewpubs in both Beer Advocate and Pubcrawler the place is called Bru, is located on State St. in Rochester , and was a study in how not to run a brewpub.

If they don’t turn it around soon I think they won’t survive.

We did extensive tasting on Shakers Vodka this weekend and will be posting the results soon. I have to say it was one of the better vodkas I had in a while, all 4 of their products were well made.

Update:

Bru went out of business after taking about $250,00 in grant money, stiffing most of the employees,evading the tax people and looting all the equipment before the putative owners fled into the night one dark and stormy night.

Shakers went out out business and was sold off at auction in 2012.