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We ventured out to 1806 to celebrate a good-bye event for an friend moving away and thought we would start the night on a high note. Given it was a Saturday night, we knew the bar would be busy and were taking a chance at getting a table. We were greeted by a friendly hostess who brought us upstairs to a corner table for our group of 8.

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We had a perfect view of the show below. Velvet curtains framed the bar, dimly lit chandeliers and candlelight all made for the perfect atmosphere to watch the bartenders work their magic. The bar is very old world European and offers a cocktail list spanning over 200 years. Cocktails are listed in chronological date order, starting from 1756. As it’s almost impossible to get through the book in one visit, you’re able to purchase the book and enjoy reading a history of cocktails at home.

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Being a Saturday night, I was a bit shocked that there were only two bartenders behind the bar. The busyness of the restaurant definitely showed as we had to ask our waitress after half an hour if our drinks were on their way. She did mention there were only two bartenders working and our drinks wouldn’t be far off. To compensate for the long wait, we were given a round of shots on the house.  

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We unfortunately only got to enjoy one drink here as we weren’t prepared to wait another 30 minutes for the second round to come.

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The cocktails are definitely impressive and can tell the amount of work that goes into making each one. One our next visit, we probably won’t come on a Friday or Saturday evening as they seemed a bit under the pump, which unfortunately made the overall experience a bit on the disappointing side.  What’s the point of going to a beautiful cocktail bar if you can’t enjoy the cocktails.

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