Is Ticonderoga the Best Bar in Atlanta?

It’s March but we’re not talking margaritas over here. I can’t remember the last time I had a margarita now that I think about it. Anyways, Brown at the Bar is back with another bar review. I’ve been to quite a few bars since my relocation to Atlanta and I may have found the very best the city has to offer. Now, before you tweet me your rebuttals, don’t even start to mention some invitation only $30 cocktail snooty butt ass bar that the regular person can’t enjoy. Brown at the Bar is and will always be for the people, the proletariat, and down to Mars. Without further ado, the Ticonderoga Club.

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Ticonderoga Club is tucked in the corner of Krog Street Market. It’s a pretty small bar that doubles as a restaurant, but we wouldn’t be here if the drinks weren’t the star of the show. Don’t show up here 4 or 5 deep on the weekend expecting to find a seat or even stand around for that matter. There’s a hostess that will seat you if space is available. I highly recommend checking this place out on a weekday to up your chances of sitting at the bar. Watching these mixologists at work is truly something special. Not only are these guys very good at their jobs, they also happen to be some pretty cool dudes.

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One of my favorite things about Ticonderoga is their seasonal menus. Every time I’ve been, there’s been a different menu with only their staple Ticonderoga Cup remaining. You can say this place never gets old. They also have illustrations of the drinks on the menu which is pretty neat when you’re someone like me looking for what’s gonna photograph the best. The best drink I’ve had from them so far has been the Horsepower, which tastes exactly how it sounds. It’s a rush of flavor that literally goes from 0 to 100 over the course of a sip.

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These drinks will sneak up on you. Two is good for a very happy buzz but 3 will hit you like a truck with its lights off. It’s a great place to have an afterwork treat or some quality libations before a night at a more upbeat place. If you and your friends have some money to spend, try their “Chuck Wagon.” It’s a 48oz cut of steak meant to be shared by 6 and even comes with the glory of a giant bell being rang and some other wait staff theatrics I won’t spoil. Their food menu is pretty fancy for my tastes. I’m no foodie and barely know what any of the menu items are but the people say the food is bomb. I’ll take their word for it.

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That about wraps things up! Have you been to Ticonderoga Club? Is it in your top 5? Do you want other suggestions for a night out? Let me know on Twitter @ThatDakari!

Hennessy The Original XO – Worth $200?

It’s a new year and Brown at the Bar is back like cooked crack. If you know what that means, you know what that means. It’s been a minute so I’m treating you guys to a very special liquor review to start things off. Today we have the highly touted and rather expensive Hennessy The Original XO. Retailing at $179.99 in my neck of the woods, it’s the most expensive bottle I’ve ever bought and triple the price of the more common Hennessy VSOP, VS, and Remy Martins of the same line. Now, I know that Hennessy has been getting a bad wrap from the everyday drinker as of late Continue reading “Hennessy The Original XO – Worth $200?”

Montgomery’s Perfect Bar?

Brown at the Bar back in effect on a wonderful Sunday! I’ve been very busy lately putting my life together. Things are falling into place at their own pace but I’m always on time for the bar. Today I have a little known standout for Montgomery, AL, The Tipping Point.  Continue reading “Montgomery’s Perfect Bar?”

Hennessy & Crown Summer Cocktails

Seasonal cocktails are always a fun change up to your regular drink diet. You can disagree if you’d like but I think the best drinks are made solely for the summer. Today we have some wonderful cocktails from Heather B. You may recognize her from co-hosting Sway Universe on SiriusXM, but she’s also an amazing mixologist! I found some great Hennessy and Crown Royal creations of her’s that I’d like to share with you all. Continue reading “Hennessy & Crown Summer Cocktails”

Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whiskey

Yes, Japanese whiskey. Today’s post is made possible by the good people at Suntory. First of all, check out this awesome product description.

From the magnificence of nature in the Land of the Rising Sun and the subtleties of its varied seasons

From the deep source of its pure waters
From the hands and hearts of its best artisans
Comes a whisky
Born from the Japanese way

Speaking to the soul and awakening our senses,
Taking us back to where it all began.
Suntory Whisky embodies the harmony that exists between Japanese nature and Japanese people.
Suntory Whisky is the fusion of the delicate forces of Japanese nature itself combined
with the passion and precision of the best Japanese artisans.

Continue reading “Hibiki Harmony Japanese Whiskey”

Trust Issues? – Collins Bar Birmingham

Welcome back to another addition of Brown at the Bar! This post is a real treat for those of you that really love a good cocktail and aren’t too picky of what specifically you’re drinking. Let’s discuss a wonderful gem in Birmingham, AL, The Collins Bar. Continue reading “Trust Issues? – Collins Bar Birmingham”

Homemade Cinnamon Whiskey

My parents don’t drink recreationally but they’re very liable to serve up an old fashioned Hot Toddy when someone is feeling under the weather. When I grew up and left the nest, I discovered that whiskey (even by itself) can be a miracle worker. Paired with other things, it tastes even better. Even at your best health, a good hot whiskey cocktail can lift you to an even better feeling. Check out these cocktails at My Food Odyssey.

Whiskey is the panacea. There is little it can’t cure, especially in winter. If I have a cold (as I do at the moment) I would far sooner have a hot whiskey than expensive cold and flu medications. The vapours clear my nose, the honey soothes my cough, the spices warm my bones and the […]

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