The new Columbia Room from Derek Brown is a monument to the cocktail and really to drinking and living well. While the city mourned when the original bar closed, it led to the creation of this magical place, instantly and unquestionably one of the country's preeminent cocktail establishments. It's divided into three distinct areas: an outdoor Punch Garden, a comfortable lounge dubbed the Spirits Library, where a la carte cocktails are available, and the phenomenal Tasting Room, where a seasonal multicourse cocktail and food menu is offered. There, head bartender J.P. Fetherston holds cocktail court in front of a beautiful hand-designed mosaic mural for patrons seated across a single elongated table, the best dinner and drinks with a show you could dream up. THE DRINK TO DRINK: The menu changes with the season, but a lineup of featured Old Fashioned riffs has remained, including the Right Side Up, with oloroso sherry, brandy de Jerez, rye whiskey, black lemon bitters, cane sugar and pineapple oleo saccharum, garnished with a pineapple fan. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: You will need a reservation to snag a seat for the Tasting Room's multicourse menu but can try to find a walk-in spot for the Spirits Library.
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