Friday, July 2, 2010

How Do You Like Your Cocktails? Patterson House vs. Holland House

Posted By on Fri, Jul 2, 2010 at 7:57 AM

A few weeks back, I reviewed Holland House Bar & Refuge, East Nashville's entry into the rising trend of speakeasies and epicurean cocktail establishments.

I really liked Holland House, which echoed the casual creativity of the bygone Ombi on Elliston Place. In fact, Ombi's intrepid bartender Terrell Raley founded HH, and Ombi's beloved chef Laura Wilson consults on the menu. Empirically speaking, HH is a terrific new spot for Nashville.

But today I'm less interested in the empirical than in the relative — specifically, I'm talking about Holland House relative to the much-lauded (often by me) Patterson House, which predated it by about a year. Since the Holland House review ran in the Scene, the most oft-asked question I have received is "How does it compare to Patterson House?"

While both establishments position themselves as speakeasy-themed artisanal cocktail houses, and both establishments employ the vintage tropes of '30s-style bartender attire, rope crystal chandeliers and reflective wallpaper, there are a lot of details to distinguish between the two.

In our experience, Holland House was a decidedly less formal affair, with more weight on the menu than at its elegantly clubby West Side counterpoint. It's a juxtaposition that begs for side-by-side comparison.

So here's your chance to address the elephant in the room, which, by the way, would be an excellent name for a cocktail at one of these excellent cocktail havens.

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