Remember how excited we all got with the announcement that Dan Oskey was leaving bartending to open his own distillery? Well, take it to 11 because Tattersall Distilling opens its cocktail room to the public on Wednesday, July 8.
There's some sneaky peeky preview stuff going on over the next few days so if you follow bartenders on social media, you'll get a feed-full I suspect.
The cocktail room that they've built-out is so very cool. There's a mish-mash feel to the furniture and a mix of both tall tables and low lounges within the high-windowed walls. The bar itself is a horse-shoe beauty with comfy leather stools and a grand dame of a chandelier overhead.
The team that put this place together is no joke, by the way. The kids behind the bar are also the ones who helped put the stills in place, bottle the spirits, cook the mash, squeegee the windows and more before they even begin to create cool drinks and shake it up for you, the drinker. Tim Leary, one of my favorite bar bubs in town is there full time, and that's so good.
Remember how this is going to be a drinks lab, really? It is. Everything that goes into the cocktails is made on-site. I scored a peek at the "kitchen" with all the botanicals and ingredients (no photos, please), and things, as they say, are cooking . . . and we'll get to that later. But for now I kind of just want you to know that you can score a mean and tart gin gimlet with rooibos-lime cordial and rhubarb bitters. It will be called by many as "summer in a glass," I'm betting. A white whiskey drink called Booty Topic is bit in the corn mash with some salt and balsamic, and I liked it! The 7 Yard Stick is so savory and a perfect way to enjoy aquavit, simply with a celery shrub and soda. Some drinks come on tap: the 22 & Spruce is a gin and spruce tip tonic that refreshed, the Paradisi came with girl-friendly cucumber-infused gin and a grapefruit-peppercorn tonic (yes, have one), but it's the vodka Bootleg with basil, honey, and jasmine that brought home all those imaginary summer country club days I spent on the back nine. (Also, can we all agree that the Bootleg is the Minnesota Mojito?)
All drinks are $5, did I mention that?
Anyhoo. There are little cups of bar snacks you can nosh to tide you over, but there will be food trucks nightly. Thank goodness they're anchored in the heart of some decent grub (Maya Cuisine tacos are not to be dismissed.) The cocktail room will be open Wednesday–Saturday., opening at 4 p.m. on weekdays and 12 p.m. on weekends. Here's to spirited living!
Tattersall Distilling, 1620 Central Ave. NE, Mpls., 773-710-7358, tattersalldistilling.com