Cook & Brown Public House Named Top 25 Bar in America
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The small, intensely-artisan watering hole at Cook & Brown has been named by the James Beard Foundation as a finalist for Best Bar, and Men's Fitness Magazine profiled the East Side eatery in a brand new feature: The 25 Best Bars in America.
"Restaurants and chefs have long been heaped with praise and accolades for turning out taste-bud bending, ultra-flavorful food," writes MF's Sharon Feireisen, "while equally inventive bars and pubs have barely earned a few thumbs up on Yelp."
The "Oscars of Food" now honors drink as well
Men's Fitness celebrates the new "Outstanding Bar Program" as part of the James Beard Awards, which Feireisen calls the "Oscars of Food." MF featured all 24 of the finalists, plus an editor's choice to round out the Top 25--a round up of "everything from ultra-swank cocktail lounges to wine bars to Old West-style saloons—all tapped for their deep selections of beer, wine and booze (along with an atmosphere that inspires additional rounds and bad behavior)."
Cook & Brown
"Prepare to feel like you’ve been transported miles away from Rhode Island when you step into Cook & Brown Public House," writes Feiereisen. "Specializing in unique cocktails inspired by the classics, perennial favorites include the Bennet Fizz made with gin, green chartreuse, simple syrup, lime and soda and the Orange & Prosecco made with prosecco, cointreau, and orange blossom water."
Cook & Brown held its own against well-regarded bars in big cities including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, as well as culinary trend hotspots like Seattle and Portland.
The only other New England watering hole to place in the Top 25 was Boston's Drink Bar, which got points for encouraging patrons to come up with the "concoction most likely to satisfy their current yearnings."
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