We wanted to get ot tonight and wanted to roam our downtown xing neighborhood.
First stop, JM Curley's about 5:15 PM. No seats so we walked across the street to Stoddard's. 3 or 4 seats taken in the entire place. I'm not much of a beer drinker but it seems to be a feature there. Mention to the bartender that I love the list but I'm a bit overwhelmed by the vast array. He walked away and came back and asked if we were ready to order...? I picked something and Ms 9 ordered a white wine. Drinks brought..tasty beer. Guys sitting next to me inquired as to something with tequila, any creative ideas? Same bartender said, "I'm really busy and I have a cut on my finger." Tell me what you want to order. OK, Had our drinks and left.
Went back to JM Curley's and got 2 seats. Bartender came over to us and Ms 9 wasn' sure on her wine. Bartender said, "you had the Bin 26 (Babek Bina's house wine) last time and seemed to enjoy it, would you like it again? yes. I told her I wasn't familiar with the beer list, any rec's? She asked what I liked. I told her. She poured me a taste and it was great.. A dark beer, "voodoo something?" I'll take a glass.
We leave happy.
2 bars on oposite sides of the same street...2 ways of treating customers. I know where I will go back and where I won't.