Monday, February 8, 2010

Charlie Palmers-- the introduction

Well it all started a few weeks ago.
My pal John and i decided to pop into Charlie Palmers for happy hour (accompanied by his terrific girlfriend). i'll be honest- i was a little frightened. Being a hardened cocktail enthusiast with enough experience on both sides of the bar has somehow made me leery of Bars in malls. Boy was i wrong. (This is the part of the story where i stop thank John for insisting that i go--thank you John.)
First off, what a gorgeous property, nice layout, very interesting design, crisp-clean lines and the moment you walk through the huge glass doors you are greeted by a friendly host or hostess-- classy. Now this is great -really great- but i am still feeling some trepidation.
So the 3 of us sidle up to the bar and we are immediately greeted by the wonderful Gabrielle. So John had been bragging about this drink that Gabrielle had invented featuring Genever, has a spiced simple syrup along with the spiced pear gelee garnish. So i asked for one of those (though he didn't know the name-- and i still don't). The drink was amazing. Delicate texture, rich complexity, lingering sapor and not to sweet just the way i like my drinks. All fear cast aside i was informed that it was happy hour AND THE DRINKS WERE 1/2 OFF so with a new sense of confidence we order without compunction. Every drink Gabrielle brought us (we were sharing so that was around 8 or 9 drinks) was not only good, but GREAT!
It doesn't end here folks because then here comes Stacy, another bartender at CP's. So i thought "why not" so i ordered one from her. After inquiring as to what 'kind' of drink i would like, she improvised me one and frankly it was perfect. If they have other bartenders at CP's i would have to assume they are of this caliber, so i could recommend going in there any time of day or night for a drink, but you should not miss that Happy Hour(*Every day from 4:00-7:00pm and again from 10:00pm to midnight- oh yeah). Great time, good drink with friends and i learned a valuable lesson--don't judge a bar by it's location or how pretty it is. It is the drinks that matter.
Thank you so much Gabrielle and Stacey.

On the way out we ran into the Bar Manager Eryck Chairez. We had met before at another venue that he had previously managed so i wanted to tell how awesome the experience was. We started chatting about friends from the other place, world event, etc., and suddenly an idea for fund-raising for Haiti came into existence.

Well the day is set, so mark your calender: February 22nd, from 7-10PM. There will be great drinks (6 dollars cash), a mixology competition, raffles and a representitive from the Red Cross to take all the money made that night.
We are still hammering out some detail and i think this deserves it's own post so stay tuned for more info!

**** Update: i found out the name of the drink that Gabrielle served me, it was a New Amsterdam and it is now on the Menu @CP's go try it and see for yourself how delicious it is!