Friday, June 10, 2011

Knee High Stocking Company

The Knee High Stocking Company, a small speakeasy in Capitol Hill, is one of my favorite places to head for some late night cocktails. To get a reservation, you text them; they are very good with reservations but you should show up on time or you might lose your spot. It is a small place so they need to keep the seats full. Since it is small there is only one bartender and one waitress, it isn't a good place to go for a quick drink. And the drinks are not ones you could easily construct at home, they take some time and skill but be patient and you will end up blissful. My favorite drink is the aviation:

Plymouth Gin, Creme de Violette, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, with lemon.

and after having one at Zig Zag, Smith and Tavern Law, the Knee High won hands down.

Another wonderful thing about Knee High is that the menu remains accessible to people who are not very knowledgeable about liquor and cocktails. They list out specialty drinks which are interesting and unique to Knee High. They also have a list of classic cocktails from way back when but there are a lot of easily recognizable drinks as well. Or if you are really a virgin to the whole thing you will be able to read the descriptions and identify something that sounds palatable to you. For example:

Mayme Taylor
Scotch, lime, and ginger beer. The most deceptive drink ever invented.

And as a last result, the waitress is lovely and I am sure she would be happy to discuss your options and help you find something that will quench your thirst.

Their menu contains typical bar food, stuffed mushrooms, olives, pretzels with heavier fare if you are turning it into dinner like chicken pot pie and lamb sliders. It is a little difficult to find vegetables on the menu so if you are craving a large salad you might be disappointed. Eat your greens at home and then head to Knee High.
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