Ludlow Liquors

Yet Another Handsome Bar from the Sportsman's Club Guys

Mini Manhattans and Matled Gelato Fries in Avondale

By Sarah Freeman ·
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The barmen behind Sportsman's Club are at it again.

Give them a run-down watering hole and they'll turn it into gold.

They just can't help it.

This time, their mission takes them to Avondale and an old-turned-new bar and beer garden dubbed Ludlow Liquors. It's open now, so take a look.

They're calling it an "East Village-inspired cocktail lounge." You're calling it, "that place that used to be Orbit Room." You're both right, which means a handsome, vintage bar lined with caramel leather and just the right amount of taxidermy birds.

In addition to some new booths, which have a Mid-Century Mod thing going on, partners Jeff Donahue and Wade McElroy developed an entirely new cocktail menu. No, an entirely new way of serving cocktails. Grab a corner and get acquainted with cocktails by the ounce. Start with one ounce of the rum and rhum Escapist, followed by two ounces of the mole and mezcal Delicious #7. Then, end the night with a three-ounce bitter Sportsman. 

Maybe this whole things is reminding you a bit too much of their other taxidermic lounge. If so, allow Old Habits, the built-in culinary concept, to shake things up. Go ahead and have that fancy cocktail and pair it with smoked rib tips served with house-made flour tortillas and a side of fries accompanied by warm beef gravy and cold malted vanilla gelato.

Didn't see that gelato dipping sauce coming, did you?

Sarah Freeman is often accused of hiding secrets in her hair. She can make any cocktail, as long as that cocktail is a rye Old Fashioned, and has never met a saison she didn’t like.

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