Brimmer & Heeltap
May 11, 2018
While the name sounds a bit like a detective agency, Brimmer is actually a term for a full pour while Heeltap is the last drop in the glass. Replacing Ballard’s Sambar, which closed back in 2012, this attractive bistro-pub is a great place to grab a quick bite or to liner longer with a drink. The room is both comfortable and charming, dotted with pretty antique lamps. There are copper penny tiles on the floor, and the wall is papered with menus. A small bar seats about six and the cocktail menu is full of creative riffs on classic drinks. The Old Trinidad, is a rum based twist on an Old Fashioned’s traditional whiskey, while the Hot Christy is a refreshing yet kicky mix of gin, cucumber, lime, and habanero. They serve Black raven Trickster and Jive Espresso Stout on tap as well as a small selection of beers by the bottle and can and a concise but well-thought out wine list. The food menu is European in influence and changes frequently. The octopus soup is amazing and the broiled pork shoulder sounds all kinds of excellent. Desserts take the form of various parfaits and or a cup of cocoa and a cookie (seriously, who could resist?). The staff are friendly and the atmosphere as a whole, warm and welcoming.
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