I'm looking for a cool old-school bartender. You know, the ones who make drinks from scratch - no mix. They know the right garnishes to put on the side of your drink. And while they might be willing to serve you a Chocolate Chip Cookie Martini, they know it isn't a "real" Martini - it's a mixed drink in a Martini glass.
My group meets once a month and alternates between meeting at people's homes and meeting up at a bar. We drink classic cocktails only - original recipes from the height of the cocktail era. But we've had more trouble that you might expect in finding folks who are both willing to make them and have the ingredients available.
In addition to enjoying an "endangered cocktail" here and there, we also talk about women in history, the history of Phoenix and important issues of the day. So we'd like to meet in a great location - preferably some place with a historic feeling where can actually hold a conversation. If we had to pick though - the bartender is FAR more important! (To get a better feel for what the group is about you can see our blog, http://lupecphoenix.wordpress.com)
Some shining examples - Durants (amazing atmosphere, real history, great drinks) and Amsterdam (While new, it has that old feel - and it's in a great spot downtown to see both the old and the new parts of Phoenix).
Most likely, you Chowhounds have hit more of the hot spots than I get around to these days. So I thought I'd put it out there to you. Any awesome suggestions in the Central Phoenix area? Thanks in advance, and cheers!