I will spend this week reviewing all the places I went for my birthday this past weekend. I started the celebrating a few days early this year. (What? I’m an Aries)
After particularly difficult days at work for both the lady and me, I thought it might be nice for us to go grab a drink nearby. (After we both hit the gym and ate leftovers at home, because that’s how we roll). We’ve been to Evening Star a few times in the past 6 years, but No. 9 Lounge caught my eye a couple of weeks ago and has been on my short list ever since. I figured that it would be the perfect place to start my birthday weekend early, so off we went. The entrance to No. 9 is on the side of the Evening Star building. We went in, walked past The Majestic Lounge downstairs, up the steps, and into No. 9. We grabbed the last 2 (very plush and comfortable) seats left at the small bar. There was a band setting up to play in the back corner and a pool table, shuffle board, and sizable TV in the opposite corner. Couches around the edges of the room and a big communal table on the middle. This is definitely a neighborhood bar. As per Neighborhood Restaurant Group standard, they had quite an impressive draft list, a good bottle selection, and from what I could tell, a decent wine selection (wine is my weak spot, don’t know much about it except that I like it).
We went straight for the cocktails list, which initially excited us. All of the drinks sounded interesting and we gravitated towards a couple in particular but took a minute or two to settle. She went for the Rye Sparkler. Rye, cava, chocolate bitters, and vanilla syrup. It was served in a champagne flute with a cherry and sugar cube at the bottom. I went with The Good Herb. Rum, lavender syrup, lemon juice, burlesque bitters. They were both good! Hers got a little bit too sweet as she continued drinking and there was something about the lavender syrup that gave mine an odd aftertaste. Mine got a little better as it warmed up, surprisingly. They were not drinks we could come back and order time and time again, but we both appreciated the creativity. In general, the ingredients were in the wheelhouse of what we like. We’ll be back to try the other cocktails. Or to drink beer. I do love beer.
- Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The Arcadian. Gin, honey syrup, arcadian rosemary
- Most interesting thing she wants to try next time: The Smoked Old Fashioned. House-smoked Maker’s!
- What makes this place stand out: The set up for live music. It’s not something I would expect as part of a place like Evening Star. We didn’t stick around for the music this time, but maybe something to check out in the future.
- How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Next time I want a fancy-ish cocktail close to home.
- Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Ahh, anywhere in Del Ray. I’d go next door to Planet Wine (retail wine and beer) and then down the street to Dairy Godmother.