Each week the bartender lineup will shift, but today and tomorrow, the Eat Street Social crew is pouring seven select concoctions. Nick Kosevich, part owner of the restaurant, co-owner of Bittercube Bitters and benevolent mustachioed overlord created the first few cocktails.
The room remains the same with a mix of vintage furniture, like the barrel chairs and rattan stools, plus nautical wall art.
In the Dust of this Planet begins with a house made wild rice horchata that is strained until it's nearly a clear liquid and is then mixed with Plantation 5 year, Eat Street Social spiced rum, Revel reposado avila and topped with a bit of seltzer for some satisfyingly festive bubbles. It's creamy in the mouth, light and dances at the edge of sweetness.
Kosevich serves the drink by spanking a bit of cilantro before serving and giving the little tiki glass god some stylish hair.
The Royal Hawaiian makes a return. Last year the drink was on the menu with a pine flavor that began as a happy accident where someone was unable to read the scrawl of another bartender. This year the drink goes from Northwoods balsam aromas to the cedar perfume of Vikre's gin. Who would have ever thought that pineapple and pine would pair so beautifully? Well, other than the guy that first called it a "pine" "apple." The Hawaiian fruit juice is balanced with lemon, filbert and toasted pumpkin seed orgeat and finished with Eat Street Social's Mahalo and Bittercube root beer bitters.
Served in a tall tiki mug, Johnny Was a Good Man drinks like a liquid caramel apple. Yahara Bay apple brandy meets a house-made apple oleo-citrate, that's made with green apples. The result is a light tart lime flavor by way of Granny Smith. The drink is then dosed with aromatic fenugreek butter, cream and a finish of the dark in color and flavor Bittercube Blackstrap bitters.
The Torpedo Room will be open with rotating drinks and bartenders October 21 through the 23 and 28 through 30 from 7 p.m. to midnight.
November dates are 4 through 6, 11 through 13, 20, 21 with Kosevich and Bittercube Bitters business partner Ira Koplowitz pouring drinks on the 25 and 26.
Word has it that the first guest bartenders might just be from Marvel Bar.