All of a sudden, it’s got caviar greenhouses. It’s got churches of wine. And now, on a quiet road, you’ll find a creaky old cottage slinging punch and Honey-Nut Old Fashioneds from some of the best barmen in town.
Introducing 1886, a discreet little cocktail den opening Wednesday in the new cultural hub that is Pasadena.
Think of this as the kind of low-lit, out-of-the-way place where everybody’s eyes stay on their shimmering punch bowls, and nobody’s going to call TMZ if you walk in with an engaged Golden Globe winner. (Not that you ever would. Engaged Oscar winner, on the other hand...)
To get there: park at the Raymond restaurant, but go to the back of the building and head through the separate entrance. (It’s an ancient caretaker’s cottage once used for the long-gone Raymond Hotel.) Sidle into a tufted banquette, or out to the wisteria-gnarled patio, with heat lamps to warm up the parts of you that the liquor doesn’t reach.
As for those cocktails: they were concocted by the esteemed Marcos Tello and Aidan Demarest from the Edison. And they include a bowl of Rose Parade Punch, with enough gin and roses for six, and a Honey-Nut Old Fashioned, which uses peanut-infused bourbon.
Just like your Honey Nut Cheerios.