It sounds a little crazy, but a bar can feel welcoming even when there are no stools.
If you're looking to linger over several rounds, be prepared to stand at Prime Meats, one of the more recent additions to the Frankies' culinary empire (Frankies 17, Frankies Spuntino). The bar has an old-timey feel—plenty of dark wood, the large antique mirror, and a daily punch offering, served from a delicate carved glass punchbowl that decorates the back bar. The cocktail menu echoes the yesteryear ambiance, with a list that includes pre-prohibition classics and variations thereof, as well as new creations from Bar Director Damon Boelte and his team. They'll offer suggestions, and are happy to veer off-menu if you provide a little guidance, but they won't offer you a seat, as the only seats in the house are reserved for diners.
If you get tired of standing, you should definitely stay for dinner (or brunch) and enjoy the German influenced menu, filled with charcuterie galore, housemade pretzels, local cheeses, and, of course, steak. That said, it's worth a visit even if you don't feel like eating. The cocktails alone make Prime Meats worth a visit standing or not—but keep in mind that it's cash only. Our favorite starter is The Good Word, Damon's variation on the classic Last Word cocktail, which calls for gin, green Chartreuse, maraschino liqueur and lime juice.
The recipe, after the jump.
1 oz Death's Door un-aged wheat whiskey 1 oz Yellow Chartreuse 1 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur 1 oz lemon juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.
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