The eastern neighborhood of Dogpatch has become quite the destination for a drink crawl. In the same couple blocks, there is Sea Star, Dogpatch Saloon, Serpentine, Poquito and Sutton Cellars, each a neighborhood bar or winemaker/cellar worth visiting. Third Rail, from owners Phil West of Range and Jeff Lyon, was one of the first to change the area. Under a huge, vintage French train station clock, locals sip refined cocktails in a relaxed setting. Lyon’s changing menu is grouped into four categories: lighter side (low proof), high proof (spirituous), seasonal and citrus.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: On the current menu, the Snapdragon tastes like spring and summer combined: a tall soft-green concoction of gin, sugar snap peas, mint, lime, génépy alpine liqueur and tonic water.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: There’s no food menu, but there’s a jerky menu. Options include vegetarian mushroom jerky, Sriracha jerky or Grandma Frances’ pastrami-style jerky, seasoned with black peppercorn, mustard, celery seed and brown sugar.