It may be a bit infantile of me to think that huckleberries would make an appearance somewhere on the cocktail list at Billyburg’s hot new cocktail lounge, Huckleberry Bar.
Well, call me little Jimmy. Nada – no huckleberries, or berries of any nature, for that matter. Just classic, well-mixed, prohibition-era-inspired drinks, (like an Amerigo Vespucci, or an Edward Bulwer-Lytton) and those classic standby’s (like Sazeracs and Sherry Flips). I chose the latter of the original cocktail creations, the one that starts with the word Edward… For a drink that had Gosling’s Rum infused with ginger, the ginger flavor barely came through, a bit over-crowded by the creme de cacao. I enjoyed it as I kept drinking it – which tends to happen with a lot of dark spirit cocktails.
Huckleberry Bar’s dark spirits collection is impressive, but isn’t that the norm nowadays? What was fairly unique were the panini sandwiches that were being prepared to order right there behind the long bar. I enjoyed my Prosciutto Pressed Sandwich with aged gouda cheese and rhubarb butter.
The DJ was pumping, and the late-night hipster crowd seemed a bit tame for a Friday night. My friends and I would have loved to sit outside on their outdoor patio (which seemed nice and laid-back, and quite expansive), but alas they close it around 1am. And 1am is when we arrived. Oh well, I’ll save that for next time – and I’ll make sure to bring the huckleberries with me.