Pegu Club alum Del Pedro is an American-history-and-culture buff and his new cocktail joint, Tooker Alley, is the beneficiary of his interests. There’s the bar itself, salvaged from an old flatbed truck, and the jazz playing quietly in the background. And then there’s the drinks menu, a tome that weaves 12 cocktails into more than 20 pages of philosophical essays and cocktail history. There’s nothing dull about the place, however; the vibe alone is reason to go. On any given weeknight, the crowd might include a pair of knitters, a solo drinker tucked into a book and two guys having an informed conversation about the commendable integrity of the editorial in Playboy circa 1970. On the weekends it gets more crowded; better to head over on a Wednesday with friends for a festive, pineapple-infused Jala-Piña or Red Emma, or enjoy a quiet evening with a Puritan, a yellow Chartreuse–laced take on a Martini.
This review appears in the print edition of the April 2013 issue. Like what you just read? Subscribe now.
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