Plum Bar, located next to Plum, opens tonight in Oakland. The drinks are by Scott Beattie, he of Cyrus/SpoonBar and Artisanal Cocktails fame. The Bar Manager is Michael Lazar, co-author of Left Coast Libations.
The space is one long bar with a good amount of room for standing between it and the wall behind, plus a small back area with couches. With the quality of both the food and drinks I tried, I think this is going to be a very popular bar.
I went for a press preview night and tried some of the drinks. Overall they are fresh, seasonal, and alive and zesty, and with Beattie in charge you know they're giving you good garnish. The drink below is the John Chapman, made with bourbon, pear eau de vie, apple juice, and ginger.
The Thai Monkey contains Beattie's signature use of coconut milk.
The house Negroni, called the Dry Rye Negroni, contains the new St. George Spirits Dry Rye Gin, and the drink almost tastes like a genever Negroni. The Bruleed Old Fashioned is just a delightful variation on the drink with High West Double Rye, caramel syrup, orange bitters, and lavender aroma.
The Rad Radish includes pickled radishes and parsely, so it's a combination of vinegar and herbs.
The bar food menu contains snacks like quinoa fritters smoked fingerling fries, and some 'heartier' foods like the buttery grilled cheese sandwich and a burger.
For the entire cocktail menu (subject to change), click the link below if you see one.
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John Chapman 11.50
St. George malt whiskey, Weller Reserve bourbon, Aqua Perfecta pear eau de vie, local apple juice, lemon juice, ginger.
Thai Monkey 11.50
Hangar 1 citron vodka, key lime. Meyer lemon, coconut milk, Chartreuse, ginger beer
Pineapple Guava Margarita 8.50
Tres Agaves blanco tequila, pineapple guava, lime, agave nectar
Rad Radish Drink 9.50
Blade Gin, lemon, pickling liquid, fresh pickled black and watermelon radishes, italian parsley, soda
By Any Other Name 11.50
Rose aprium-infused St. george gin, local honey, Maraska maraschino liqueur, lemon, egg white.
Waverly Place Echo 10.50
Hangar 1 mandarin orange vodka, Mandarin orainge segments, Meyer lemon, Five-Spice syrup, candied Meyer lemon peel, kaffir lime leaves, soda
Plymouth gin, Bosc pear, caramel syrup, green Chartreuse, fresh lemon juice.
Tres Agaves blanco tequila, Meletti amaro, syrah mosto cotto, lemon, lapsang suchong tea foam.
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Germain-Robin craft method brandy. Old World Spirits walnut liqueur, Cocchi Americano vermouth, Cointreau
Hemingway Daquiri 10
Flor de Caña and Neisson Agricole rums, grapefruit, lime, Luxardo maraschino liqueur Modernist
Blade gin, Tempus Fugit liqueur de violette, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lemon. Garnished with an 'aviation sphere'
Bruleed Old Fashioned 9.50
High West Double Rye, caramel syrup, orange bitters, lavender aroma.
Saffron Sandalwood Sour 9.50
Plymouth gin, saffron-rosewater syrup, lemon, lime, Angostura bitters, egg white, garnished with sandalwood powder.
Dry Rye Negroni 9.50
St. George 'Dry Rye' gin, Gran Classico bitter, Carpano Antica vermouth
Evan Williams single barrel bourbon, Bonal quina, lime, orange bitters, ginger beer