First stop; a recommendation just around the corner from our hotel - The Black Lion.
xtensive espresso martini menu with six different varieties. If you have read her latest offering (and if you haven't, shame on you) you will remember she does have a penchant for a good espresso martini. Had I realised it they also have an entire menu of Bloody Mary's. Damn you retrospect!
The music was amazing - a mix of ska, reggae, soul and funk that just got you bopping along as you waited to be served. Despite the crowds, the bar staff are fast as well and we waited no more than a couple of minutes before we were seated, drinks in hand to enjoy the ambiance.
Around the corner we found our next stop, a long building with too many doors to try and get into known as The Mesmerist. Another bar with character, this one is inspired by the 1930's gin palaces, steampunk and burlesque.
I must confess; I didn't pick up on this when I was there, and I'm a rather large fan of both steampunk and burlesque. The art work was funky and I did approve of that, the gin menu was large and I also approved of that, I just didn't get the whole steampunk/ burlesque vibe they were going for.
In all honesty, if anything, I got more of a Mexican Day of the Dead feeling. I genuinely don't remember what music they were playing when we were there, but they have a resident DJ who spins 'boutique classics and vintage rarities'. Probably the Dresden Dolls then (whom I happen to be a rather swooning fan of). Have a look at the music mash ups on the website!
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