Via – #110 on the tour

The Bar: Via

The Address 89 Shrewsbury Street

The Day and the Time Sunday at 5pm.

The price 7

Did they ask me if I wanted a lime He put it in.

What was the type of gin It was well for them which was Tanqueray

What was the gin and tonic like Judging from the gin and tonics I have had at other places where they used Tanqueray, not all things are equal. This was better than most. Not too much gin where you can taste things and the tonic was fresh. This is becoming a thing I notice, if the tonic is old or flat, you can have top shelf gin and it will still taste like swill. All this to say, this was good.

The Joint A behemoth of a place with people already there and eating. The set up for the place, to get to the bar is weird and not fun. You have to go round the back and then traverse through dining rooms to make it, at last, to the Oasis of the bar. It is big and accommodates a lot of people, but the set up of rooms and flow seemed to be created by a four year old with an incomplete set of tinker toys. Once I made it to the bar, all was right in the world. A large comfortable, clean bar.

General Impressions This is fine dining as seen as assembly line. Its pleasant but not too personal. This is a restaurant that has a bar and those sitting at the bar were eating an then having a drink. The bartender was good. The people next to me were post college and loudly discussing one of their party’s possible move to California. They were telling her what she should do, always a great way to keep friends. They also were complaining about an old boyfriend of hers, they called him The Asshole. There is something kind of amazing about having such a loud personal conversation in public as if no one else is around. Perhaps that’s why they pay the prices of the drinks and food, so they can be personal and talk privately for all to see and hear.

Amount of Time in the Joint 15 minutes

Will I come back I don’t think so. The food looked and smelled good, the place was striving for elegance and achieved it, the bar was what you would want it to be, but I prefer my Italian restaurants to be small and quaint, and my bars to have just a tad more personality. Seems like a fine place, just not for me.


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