Coming out of the deep South, I am very particular about the bourbons I like. The joke in my company is that I will try any bourbon once, as long as it is made in Kentucky or a state touching Kentucky.
We went to "the library" on a Saturday night. It was packed and they told us it was a two hour wait. Our group of four, all coming out of Seattle were "ok" with that. They took our phone number and we headed to another bar, Shift Drinks about a block away. I highly recommend that, but it is for a different review.
We got our call and headed to the library. We waited for a couple of minutes while our table was set-up. Here is my experience:
Walking In: I felt like I was in a 1950's mob movie, in a good way. Leather couches, crystal chandelier's and low lighting. The first thing I notice is that the whole bar turns around when someone new walks in. Less snotty, more like how I would feel walking into a bar where I know everyone.
Ordering: As I mentioned, I like bourbon (I went to Ole Miss, it is a bit of a religion), and I love trying new things. Our bartender/server handed a massive list of bourbon. I was overwhelmed. To counter this feeling, I described what I liked and what I did not like and told her a price range. In my case I gave her a $40 - $60 range.
The Results: Came back with a bourbon I have, Blade & Bow. I had heard of it, but not yet tried it. It was very good, but for this review, the key is that it was on the lower end of the price scale. I appreciate that. I don't mind spending the money, but make it worthwhile. With my second drink, I had a similar experience.
Overall: I highly recommend heading to the library. Clearly some of the patrons are more of the 20 somethings, but being older, I felt right at home and would recommend it.
1) Let the servers help you pick the right drink for you
2) Don't be afraid to set a price range. There is the right drink for everyone regardless of budget
3) Be patient. This bar is cool. Good things come to those who wait.
4) Green room, might not be my scene. Was a bit more energetic than being upstairs in the library
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