Just below the elegant Radio Milano restaurant, you will find Milano Bar. It is located at Citycentre Houston inside the beautiful Hotel Sorella. Milano Bar is sleek, sexy, and has a vintage feel to it. Behind the bar you will find sharply dressed barkeeps in old school Italian outfits. Seating options, which include bar stools, table tops, lounges, and a patio, are purposely designed so that the staff can keep their eye on you at all times to make sure your drink doesn't stay empty for too long.
Peter Clifton, barmaster extraordinaire, makes sure that Milano Bar is on the cutting edge when it comes to craft cocktails. He accomplishes this with help from barkeeps, Chris, Jeremiah, Jordan, and Sam. The cocktail menu may be overwhelming, but just tell any one of these talented bartenders what you like and they will steer you in the right direction. I told them I like bourbon. Their recommendation of the Tra L'adera, made with bourbon, lemon, yellow chartreuse and creme de mure, was spot on!
The attention to detail here is impressive. They make their own bitters, tonics, and ginger beer. The bar is outfitted with butcher block work spaces where drinks are expertly crafted. Some of the best bar ware in the world was specifically chosen to make sure each drink is perfectly executed. Who knew that the shaker used when mixing a drink affected the shape of the ice? I'm going to have to start paying more attention to the ice in my drinks. Of course they have copper mugs for Mules, but they also have special cups for classic Mint Juleps, and beautiful stemware for delicious Manhattans.
To keep things fresh and exciting, the cocktail menu changes every 4 months along with the seasons and each barkeep gets to add their own unique twist to it. If cocktails aren't your thing, don't worry, they also serve wine and typically have six craft beers on tap. Executive Chef Jose Hernandez has created a classy bar menu for you to indulge in along with your luscious libations. However, if you find that you've had a bit too much, then pour yourself an Underberg. They are located along the bar with special fluted glasses. This German bitter digestif is intensely herbaceous with a hint of licorice, but it will have you right as rain in no time.
Happy Hour is everyday from 4pm - 6pm and on Thursday - Saturday from 10pm - 1am they kick things up a notch by turning the music up and the lights down low. Be sure to like them on Facebook to find out about drink specials and upcoming events. You can also catch Peter Clifton at Yellow Rose Distillery on May 7th for their Thur Mix a Lot weekly cocktails for charity event.
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