nightlife

Mix It Up

by Joanna Weinstein, 11/02/2011

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  • Dram 
    177 S. 4th St., 718-486-3726, Williamsburg
    Dram, South Williamsburg's entry into the City's mixology scene, serves up artistically mixed drinks in a neighborhood-appropriate environment. "When the cocktail culture established itself in NYC, I felt we could bring the same level of quality and skill, but make it more democratic and raucous, or just fun," says founder and owner Tom Chadwick. Known for employing a rotating cast of bartenders from some of New York City's other lounges and restaurants, Dram keeps things simple, with only six cocktails on its menu (though patrons are welcome to order any number of the classics). Each of Dram's originals comes with a Williamsburg-ian moniker, including the Done Gone Buck (Siembra Azul Blanco Tequila, ginger, lemon, Galliano and Cocchi Americano), named after the first song on M.I.A.'s debut album, Kala. Chadwick let us in on one of his fall specialties:

    Bayeux Buck, $10
    What's shaken: apple calvados, pommeau and ginger
    Tastes like: acidic apple fizz
    Pair it with: Dram's duck rillettes
    Provenance: Bayeux is a commune in Normandy, one of two regions in France that controls the production of pommeau.

    Additional Napkin Notes
    Quirky perk: Dram encourages patrons to play "bartender's choice." Tell the mixologist your mood and desired spirit, and he or she will whip up something that matches beautifully.
    Dress code: Nonexistent—although, remember that the bar's located in Williamsburg. Dram might have more of a laid-back vibe than the waxed-mustache-suspender-fest that's come to characterize some of the City's other drinking dens, but it never hurts to try. 
    Sweet secret: Dram now carries boozy ice creams. Chadwick recommends the pumpkin ice cream laced with Pierre Ferrand cognac.

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