Cheers! Where Everybody knows your name….
Spring is in the air, and you just have to get out! But finding that perfect watering hole can be hard with choices running the gamut from beer hall to uber elegant hostelry. How about a cozy, under the radar fireplace bar, where local Maine tapas meets signature cocktails, with barrel aged spirits, al fresco seaside decks for good weather and an award winning wine cellar? Locals in the know enjoy the ‘almost secret’ cool factor of the intimate bar at Inn by the Sea, and... it’s totally off the beaten track autumn through spring.
The inside track on why it’s cool….
Ask Shayne Conlon, the Inn’s Food and Beverage Manager, about their barrel aged local spirits. “Working with regional distilleries such as Portland’s Stroudwater Distillery, New England Distilling and Barr Hill we create a house blend and barrel age these amazing spirits for weeks to produce cocktails with unique, complex flavors and tremendous depth. There is an all new taste sensation ready to roll every week.”
Ever dreamed about trying the most sought after wines but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a single bottle? Talk to Donald Linscott, the Sea Glass sommelier, about a 3 or 5 ounce pour of select wines from the Inn’s deep wine cellar. “With Coravin technology we can access and pour a single glass from exceptional bottles without pulling the cork, so there’s no fear of oxidation or impacting future taste. This allows us to offer guests a great selection of exclusive wines by the glass.” With over 2500 bottles and 300 labels the Inn’s wine cove earned the coveted Wine Spectator’s Best of the Award of Excellence. Linscott’s knowledge and enthusiasm for his handpicked labels which pair perfectly with Chef Chadwick’s regionally sourced Sea Glass menus is infectious.
Shaken, stirred or mixed the seasonal signature cocktail menu is creative, whimsical and always perfect for someone looking for something a little different. Try “Second Marriage,” S Stroudwataer Vodka, Aperol, Fresh Grapefruit & Lemon, w Prosecco. Cheers!
Sea Glass Fireplace Lounge & al fresco deck is open to the public, every day, all year, at Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Rd., Cape Elizabeth. 207.799.3134. www.innbythesea.com