Wiki Bar – Best Cocktail in Yolo County

Here we are with the inaugural review for the best cocktail in Yolo county! I haven’t been to Wiki Bar since before it was called that and I don’t know if I’ve ever ordered a cocktail from the little bar back behind Bernardo’s. All I really knew about the place is that it is the home of the ‘Wiki Waki Woo’ which is a cocktail aimed squarely at dumb college students looking to get wrecked very quickly. When I asked the bartender about the drink he called it ‘sweet garbage.’

Whiskey Sour at Wiki Bar, Davis – taken by Author 3/28/19

Here we are with the inaugural review for the best cocktail in Yolo county! I haven’t been to Wiki Bar since before it was called that and I don’t know if I’ve ever ordered a cocktail from the little bar back behind Bernardo’s. All I really knew about the place is that it is the home of the ‘Wiki Waki Woo’ which is a cocktail aimed squarely at dumb college students looking to get wrecked very quickly. When I asked the bartender about the drink he called it ‘sweet garbage.’

How were the rest of their drinks going to be? Actually, how is their Whiskey Sour going to be?

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The Best Cocktail in Yolo County: The Criteria

I guess before I start I need to pick a representative cocktail, don’t I? I could try every IBA cocktail at every bar in Yolo County. Or I could order the house’s “custom” drink, but those are usually awful derivatives of good cocktails. But I’d truly do love my free time and my liver. So, that’s a no go. What I need is a representative cocktail. A stand-in. Something classic yet challenging. A drink everyone has heard of but not one that everyone has had. Something that requires careful mixing but is not overly complicated.

I have the perfect cocktail! The Whiskey Sour. That’s my stand-in.

If I’m going to rate the best cocktail in Yolo County I should probably come up with a consistent method for evaluating these drinks. Cocktails is serious business. But I won’t be approaching it as such, as that’s a great way to take all the fun out of it.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this. I’ve asked strangers, friends, and acquaintances for their thoughts. What are the key components of a cocktail? How important are those components to the overall experience of a cocktail? What am I looking for in the components of a cocktail? When can I drink another cocktail? Should I eat this garnish or just order something to eat? As long as I am drinking with friends I’m not an alcoholic, right?

I think I’ve broken it down to five criteria:

  • Taste (10 points) – How does the drink taste?
  • Presentation (5 points) – How does the drink look? Is it garnished?
  • Balance (5 points) – How well does the alcohol interact with the mixer and other ingredients. Am I getting all the flavors without one overtaking the others?
  • Correctness (5 points) – Is this an actual Whiskey Sour? Does it have lemon juice? Is there egg white? Is the garnish correct?
  • Delivery (x points) – This is the squishy one. Did the bartender follow IBA standards? Did they ask what alcohol I wanted? For an egg white? Was there any flourish to the mixing? Eye contact? Is this an enjoyable experience?
  • Total x/25

Perfect drinks will have a score above 25. Great drinks should be at or near it. Good drinks will be in the high teens. Anything lower than that is serviceable but forgettable.

Curious what all this is? Read about the project here. See the competition here.

Best Cocktail in Yolo County: The Competition

This is the list of all the bars or restaurants in Yolo County, CA with full bars. This is the competition. I’m not looking at every cocktail I’m looking for a place that can deliver a classic, yet demanding, cocktail perfectly. There are custom and signature cocktails but I am more interested in the basics for this. If you know of a bar not listed here please contact me so I can add it.

This is the list of all the bars or restaurants in Yolo County, CA with full bars. This is the competition. I’m not looking at every cocktail I’m looking for a place that can deliver a classic, yet demanding, cocktail perfectly. There are custom and signature cocktails but I am more interested in the basics for this. If you know of a bar not listed here please contact me so I can add it.

The List

Davis

West Sacramento

  • Broderick Roadhouse
  • Cheers Bar
  • Kick’n Mule
  • River City Saloon
  • Sail Inn Grotto
  • Station 1
  • Streets of London
  • West Sac Sports Bar & Grill

Winters

Woodland

That’s a lot of whiskey sours… and a lot of competition. Maybe the best cocktail win and may I not gain 30 extra pounds. I better get swimming now!

Best Cocktail In Yolo County: The Project

Whiskey Sours

Ever since my Best Cheeseburger in Davis Project came to an end three years ago I’ve been contemplating a follow-up or similar project. I played with looking for the best cheeseburger in the city of Sacramento or expanding the Davis project out to all of Yolo County. But, nothing ever came of those and the idea went fallow.

But, friends have continued to ask me what my next project would be, what I would be rating, and if they could participate. Until now I’ve had to push them off. No longer! This spring I will embark on trying to determine the best cocktail in Yolo County.

Now, I’m not a bartender and I’ve never trained as one. I have taught myself and continue to teach myself how to make drinks. Making cocktails is an activity I enjoy and the homemade “bar” I’ve moved across this state for the last eight years is a small testament to that. I enjoy sharing time over a drink with friends and my love for Yolo County is well known. This seems project seems like a good fit for me and the site.

But, and this is important, I don’t consider myself a ‘foodie’ or a
‘hipster.’ Both labels are irredeemably tainted with tones of elitism and smug pretension. This project isn’t about putting bars or bartenders down or looking for the fanciest or most expensive take on a drink. I’m a drinker and I’m looking for the best drink.

I’m excited about this project and I hope you’re excited to read about it! I’ll try to take plenty of pictures though I’m sorry I can’t share the delicious drinks I’ll be experiencing with you. (Unless you want to come out and have a drink with me!)

Before I get drinking I’m going to have to lay out a few things first:

  • I need to pick the representative cocktail, I can’t drink every mix at every bar. I’d hate myself. And then die.
  • I need to devise some criteria for ranking this cocktail; and,
  • Compile a list of all the bars in Yolo county that mix drinks.

The last should be relatively easy, the internet is very good for list making. I’m a little more worried about creating my criteria for judging these things. I want the criteria to be helpful but I want to avoid sounding like an asshole. Finally, picking the cocktail is going to take some thought. It should be a recognizable classic. But, it should also require something more than throwing liquor into a pre-mix. I’ll be creating a post for the criteria and the competition, revealing the drink and then the imbibing can begin!

Please look forward to it!