Lounge Lizard: the Old Fashioned cocktail

Monday’s incognito Lounge Lizard imbibes at all the best joints in town. Do you have a favourite pub or barkeep to recommend?

Back on the trail for Victoria’s best Old Fashioned cocktail. I know someone had to do it.

The first stop that chance would bring my way? The Union Club. And why not? Both the cocktail and the Union Club speak to vintage, and it seemed a fitting match. Canadian Club, bitters and soda is their take on an Old Fashioned – not the classic, but refreshing. The atmosphere was great – so old school, and the price not to be beat.

And since I was going ‘all posh’ in my pursuits, I decided to amble across the road and head into that grande dame, the Fairmont Empress, and give the Bengal Lounge a chance to impress. And I must confess, I cannot think of a more apt place to indulge in any cocktail.

The Fairmont has been a leader on the cocktail front with a mixology program at most of its hotels and one of the consultants is Kathy Casey of Seattle foodie fame.

Barkeep Robin used Woodford Reserve with notes of caramel, oak and vanilla, I do find it one of the nicest bourbons out there. I would have liked it a little heavier on the angostura and I prefer it built in the glass using sugar instead of simple syrup, but this is quibbling.

Around town: Jennifer Gidora has decamped from the Marina and landed the GM gig at Mike Murphy’s trio of lovely restaurants, Ten Acres, Oyster and Pescatores. For us downtown folk it’s definitely our gain: she promises that a cocktail program is in the works.

 

Just Posted

REVIEW: Devilish doppelgangers horrify family in Us

Robert Moyes riffs on the latest film from Oscar winning writer-director Jordan Peele

Raffi ready to give howling good performance at the Royal

Children’s folk singer promoting new album, will also perform old favourites

Your April horoscope: See what may be in store for you

Monday astrologer Georgia Nicols offers her take on the first full month of spring for 2019

Change is good: 2019 Improv Festival keeping things fresh

Paper Street Theatre Co. switches format, keeps learning and performance front and centre

Take a Look! 20th annual art exhibition set to liven up vacant Fort Street storefront

Victoria Arts Council prepares to host the Look Show while celebrating 50 years in the community

Most Read