My colleague and I obviously looked confused when we arrived at 132 9th Avenue and were asking each other if we had the correct address. Then the door opened, and a kind voice said “Bathtub Gin?”. The hostess invited us into a small coffee shop where another door opened, leading to the speakeasy for which we were searching. Our friend was waiting for us at our table along with multi-page cocktail and spirit menus.
Our selections consisted of a Manhattan, one of the Gin & Tonic specialities of the house, and a spicy cocktail named The Red Coal. At first, I was having trouble deciding, but when I was sold when I spotted the gin, horseradish, and Sriracha blend. A sucker for savory drinks, I absolutely loved this one. It had a citrusy kick that didn’t smack you in the face. The only problem with it was the ease and speed in which it went down.
Some olives, almonds, jamon, and cheese rounded out the happy hour. Reservations tend to be limited to two-hour increments, and we nursed our drinks a bit, so we didn’t really have enough time for a second round. I want to try some of the other options, but it will be difficult to pass up The Red Coal if it is available on my next trip.