Thanksgiving weekend brought old friends through town, a great reason to visit favorite places for a drink. We settled on Mirror, to see the revamped dining room and because the crowd tends to be just the right size for a buzzy feel without loud drunks or rowdy groups. Like Carrington's review said, fun people, but grown up.
The dining room is so gorgeous and sophisticated--the cracked mirror wall will make you gasp--high style without the formulaic color schemes (lookin' at you, chartreuse plus orange) and de rigueur items like oversize lamp shades. Part of the quirky appeal is bartender Stephanie Johnson's cordial creations, lined up and back-lit like an art installation along the back wall. They are as much of a decoration as they are a treat.
Johnson steeps fruit, spices and hooch in beautiful jars, then dips out the liqueurs when you order. Savored straight, like the ethereal fig apricot brandy in the jar third from right, or fused into a signature cocktail. We tossed back the Crack, made with orange-cinnamon vodka (tall jar, far right).
There's never been a more welcome movement than house-made syrups and cordials. Please support
my habit the effort to hand-craft foods by going to Mirror--I recommend taking a beloved friend--and having a drink that's really something special.