Drinks, both cocktails and wine, are the name of the game at the New Northwestern Cocktail and Wine Bar, which opened a few weeks ago. Photo: New Northwestern Cocktail and Wine Bar
If you’re looking to try some recently opened restaurants or bars, here are two that caught our eye.
New Northwestern Cocktail and Wine Bar (321 E. Walnut St.): Opened a few weeks ago, this East Village venue, located in a 1916 building that once housed an elegant hotel, specializes in drinks and a seasonal food menu. There are 10 specialty cocktails to choose from, including the Forty-Eight Flat, made with gin, fernet, bee pollen honey syrup, lemon and angostura bitters. Another favorite is Wayne’s A-Train (mezcal, cointreau, luxardo, gernadine, orange bitters and orange). Hours are 3-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 3 p.m.-midnight Friday-Sunday.
Proudfoot and Bird (1000 Walnut St.): Offering steaks, pasta, seafood and more, this restaurant opened last week in the Hotel Fort Des Moines. You can pair your meal with cocktails, local and regional brews, and wine. If you’re looking for something lighter, choose one of the small plates, such as butternut squash soup, truffle parmesan fries or shishito peppers. Weekday hours are 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-10 p.m. (closes at 11 p.m. Friday). Weekend hours are 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-11 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9 p.m. Sunday.