Décor-wise, it’s apparent that every detail of the sophisticated interior, including staff styling, was instituted with intention. The wait staff dons lace, pearls and beautifully custom-embroidered aprons, giving patrons the sense that they’ve stepped back in time into a moody members-only club where they can kick back, enjoy a cocktail and stay a while. But, don’t let the old fashioned frocks fool you, the fare here is quite contemporary.
Speaking of cocktails, beverage service at SSLB also breaks out-of-the-box as fine spirits and fresh ingredients spun into both classic and signature concoctions are the backbone of this dining experience where old school bartending is reprised. Signature cocktails such as Corpse Reviver made with gin, Lillet blanc, Cointreau, creme de violette, and lemon juice; and Stay Nimble made with Buffalo Trace bourbon, Aperol, grapefruit juice, honey syrup and mint; are conceived and served up by the ever-charismatic bar man John Christie (who frequently leaves the bar to work his own charm on the rest of the room). And it works. Creative cocktails flow amid a lively atmosphere filled with modern music and eager anticipation for the food to follow.