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Member Reviews (2)
- 1886Member ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 3Feb 11, 2014
1886 is one of those places that you may pass by daily but not know it's there. That's the case with myself since Fair Oaks Ave is how I get to work often. After crossing my fingers to get one of the few spots behind the restaurant, the entry was pretty much like walking into someone's house. I even felt like I had to knock before opening that front door. Inside felt like an obvious converted house. The actual bar, 1886, is comprised of a small room and an outdoor patio in the back. Candlelight illuminates most of the dim interior so I suppose this could be a datey spot, but the large party in the corner making ruckus would prove this otherwise.
-=-Smoking Jacket Cocktail-=- This was a presentation at the table side. While the basis of this cocktail is a sweetened whiskey, the allure comes in the form of smoke hovering above the well. Every sip was reminiscent of that Yosemite campfire I enjoyed a few months back. Maple wood never smelled so good and it drank nicely with my Irish whiskey sweetened with Tobacco bitters. I couldn't stop sniffing my fingernails afterwords either.
Our waitress also suggested another drink that we might enjoy called Ambers and Embers. It's another whiskey based cocktail with a smokey flavoring. The night was turning us in early so we had to depart before we could try it. No other review has mentioned that cocktail yet, so maybe I'll be the first to write about it ...some other time perhaps.
- 1886Member ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 14First to ReviewJan 07, 2014
1886 is a classy bar located in the beautiful cozy cottage-like restaurant called the Raymond Restaurant. You can easily miss it while driving if you're not paying attention to your gps.
PARKING: Street parking (very narrow) or if you're lucky, behind the restaurant (limited). No valet.
SERVICE: Our server was knowledgable about the cocktails we asked about. She also recommended one that's not on the menu for my boyfriend who loves whiskey. From what i've seen and read, it seems like the service here could be a hit or miss. Our neighbor decided not to order food because of the wait.
AMBIENCE: Dim, cozy, chill, classy. There's an outdoor patio outside if there's no room inside.
:: The Smoking Jacket ::
l LOVE theatrical presentations. The bartender poured the drink into a glass full of maple wood smoke (smells like campfire) topped it with orange-vanilla ash. It's a glass of Irish whiskey with tobacco bitters. This is not on the menu. I liked it because the whiskey had a subtle sweetness from the bitters.
:: Bonita Applebum ::
Fresh pear, amaro nonino, apple jack and lemon. The waitress recommended this because I wanted something sweet and refreshing. I couldn't taste the alcohol but I did get drunk off of it on an empty stomach. You could taste the sweet pear with a citrus after taste.
WHAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION:
I found out that they serve 2 very unique cocktails.
:: Cake cocktail:: Table next to me ordered the freshly baked chocolate cake bite topped with bourbon icing with a shot of White Russian... It sounded grander than it looked.
:: Cucumber cocktail :: they serve cocktail in a hallowed out cucumber with salted rims.
WHAT THEY NEED TO BRING BACK (our server agrees):
The snowman cocktail!!! looks like a creamy cocktail topped with a round ice cream ball decorated to look like frosty the snowman.
I'm def coming back to try their other cocktails.