Bistro 33 – Best Cocktail in Yolo County

Bistro 33
Whiskey Sour, Bistro 33, May 2019

This was a rough week, with lots of bad personal new in my life. I was hoping that a nice Whiskey Sour might cheer me up. Alas, it was not to be.

Bistro 33 – The Review

Taste (3/10) – So sour! It’s overwhelming. This tastes like bad lemonade. Can barely taste sweet. No whiskey at all.

Presentation (2/5) – Half a garnish. A little darker than previous ones. Large glass

Balance (2/5) – No balance. Sour on the tip of the tongue and the back. Maybe a hint of sweet on the way back. Very little if any alcohol.

Correctness (1/5) – There is a maraschino cherry. That’s it. No orange, no egg white, not shaken. Added soda water?!

Delivery (1/x) – No flourish. No interaction.

Total (9/25) – What a mess. This is barely what I would call an actual whiskey sour. This is lemonade with liquor.

Gin Refresher, Bistro 33, May 2019

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Bistro 33
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The Bars

de Vere’s Irish Pub- Best Cocktail in Yolo County

Finished Whiskey Sour, de Vere’s Irish Pub, April 2019

de Vere’s is perhaps my favorite restaurant in Davis. The location is nice, the space is beautiful (the bar was built in Ireland, taken apart, and then shipped to the USA.), and the food is really good (One of the best burgers in town.) How were their Whiskey Sours though?

de Vere’s Irish Pub – The Review

Taste (5/10) – Not bad. Can taste the lemon juice and the simple syrup. Not much of a hint of whiskey. A little boring

Presentation (3/5) – Pale, half of a garnish. Very well shaken. Fizz on top made me think, at first, that there was egg white in the drink.

Balance (3/5) – Good balance. Can’t tell if smooth whiskey or none? Very hard to tell.

Correctness (3/5) – No egg white, half a correct garnish (cherry.) The juice was pre-squeezed. House-made syrup. Not a lot to say.

Delivery (1/x) – No flourish. Shaken very vigorously though. Asked what whiskey I wanted (Well is Evan Williams.)

Total (15/25) – This wasn’t a bad drink but I don’t know if it was a good drink either… Very run of the mill.

In what is now very much a trend the signature cocktail I ordered, Pall Mall, tasted better than the Whiskey Sour. I had high hopes for de Vere’s, I was hoping their bartenders would pay as much attention and detail when making drinks as their cooks do when preparing meals. I guess not…

Pall Mall, de Vere’s Irish Pub, April 2019

Links

de Vere’s Irish Pub
The Project
The Criteria
The Bars

Morgan’s on Main – Best Cocktail in Yolo County

Whiskey Sour, Morgan’s on Main, April 2019

Woodland’s downtown main street is quite the draw these days, a good four or five blocks of busy, delicious, restaurants and bustling small businesses. A real far cry from what it was when I moved to Yolo County in 2004. One of those busy restaurants is Morgan’s on Main – a full service restaurant, bar, and rental space. I can personally recommend the ribs, devilled eggs, and mac & cheese.

But, as big a fan of their food I am, this project is about cocktails! Let’s get to it!

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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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