We had our first visit to the new Dram whiskey bar in Mountain Brook Village, and it definitely won't be our last.
We enjoyed the large outdoor deck in the back, which has a cozy smoking pit where you can take your drinks.
These are drinks for grownups, not concoctions laced with sugary liqueurs and served in oversized martini glasses you find in many bars. Most, as you might expect, are whiskey-based, but there are also cocktails made with other classic spirits -- vodka, gin, rum, even moonshine.
We enjoyed a Blackberry Winter (pictured), with Knob Creek, blackberry puree and house sours. The Dram version of a classic Manhattan, made with cherry-infused Woodford Reserve, was quite good. A Sassafras Sazerac, featuring rye whiskey, simple syrup, bitters and the pleasing licorice-like hint in the sassafras wash was a hit. And the Classic Daiquiri, with white rum, fresh lim juice, simple syrup and a mineral water splash, was the perfect al fresco drink.
Among the beers are some regional brews from Huntsville, Nashville and Atlanta, and the wine list offers a nice selection of choices that you won't find on every other menu in town.
We were heading elsewhere for dinner, so only shared some of the duck-fat-fried French fries for a nibble. They were good, but not as good as the Belgian double-fried fries used to be at Crepes Egg-Setera and Copper Grill. The best part was the rosemary ketchup, which was delicious.
Check out some photos from Dram and its upstairs restaurant counterpart, Avo, from a fellow foodie blogger at http://www.flickr.com/photos/bhamsandwich/sets/72157615990822615/.