I realize this post is a bit similar to one about professional bartenders, but after living in Ann Arbor for 15 years, and frequently visiting Portland, OR, I have a special interest in places that have a wide variety of liquor, are well versed in a wide variety of era's of cocktails, particularly pre-prohibition era and those right after.
I find Sidebar okay, as I've gotten to know the bar staff well, but even that has some lacking (overemphasis on vodka).
Any suggestions where I can go, make sure my Manhattan is made correctly (that would be served up), and enjoy a wide variety of concoctions that resemble nothing like a not really martini type drink, but called that because people are dumb.
Thanks for recommendations and suggestions. Also, it would be great to get suggestions from all parts of the valley.