Olive or Twist
7248 Perkins Road

DBG knew she would like Olive or Twist the moment she walked in and saw a chocolate doberge cake sitting on the bar under a glass dome.

The proprietors, Joshua Duke and Scott Gremillion, have created a cozy yet upscale environment that is extremely conducive for sipping on a well-made cocktail while whispering about the week’s gossip.  The wooden bar looks like a library, with bartenders using a rolling ladder to fetch the bottles stacked up to the ceiling . And they need a lot of different liquors, because their drink menu is a mammoth beast that runs for dozens of pages. Everything is made from scratch and when possible fruit juices are squeezed to order.  These gentlemen are hardcore.  They even make their own limoncello.

Olive or Twist only uses top shelf liquor, but they have used some type of voodoo magic and managed to keep the prices incredibly reasonable.  DBG enjoyed a Purple Hat that surpassed the Carousel Bar’s creation. The Hubs had a well put together Sazerac. Small plates are also available.  The mini-muffalettas really hit the spot.

The bar is conveniently located near Essen Lane and is right next to Martin Wine Cellar. This is a bar for grown-ups, so no Jagermeister machine.  But there’s a very nice happy hour and rotating specialty drinks.  Check out their website for details.Image