May 11, 2018
From the owners of Rickhouse and Bourbon & Branch, Tradition is a hip as both its siblings, although a little more laid back. With space for walk-in drinkers, a seated area for those with reservations, and a small-but-popular balcony in the back, it’s a hip but unstuffy venue with a pronounced speakeasy vibe. Old fashioned, high walled booths and stained glass windows provide a sense of privacy, allowing guests to focus on their drinks and giving the venue an old time feel which is echoed in the outfits of the staff. The extensive cocktail menu is divided into the eight sections New Orleans, Speakeasy, Tiki, Irish, Scottish, English, Dive Bar, and Grand Hotel representing the drinking traditions of America. They also stock a range of barrel aged cocktails including tequila with an apple brandy cask finish. The 12 Mile comes recommended (brandy and whisky) as does the Southside they also do something called a Sean Connery, which apparently packs an appropriately James Bond level punch. The bar staff are friendly and really know their way round a cocktail shaker: if you don’t see anything you like, tell them what you fancy and they’ll usually be happy to whip something up, though be warned that when it gets busy the service can be a little overwhelmed so perhaps is not always quite as speedy as you’d like. Prices are fairly reasonable without being super cheap. Open six days a week (closed Sundays) evenings only, Tradition is a relaxed take on a trend that has, perhaps, been overdone, but here is executed with authenticity.