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18 Places to Score Tableside Cocktail Service Across America

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No need to fight elbows for an open spot at the bar. There's a growing movement of restaurants and bars embracing tableside cocktail service, meaning the bar comes to you. A bartender hauls over a cart or tray with the necessary ingredients, then whips together your intoxicant of choice. Below, 18 establishments countrywide in on the show.

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1. Eleven Madison Park

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11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-0905
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Eleven Madison Park's Manhattan cart is a must-try at the three Michelin-starred New York restaurant. A server will push over a cart then present a map of the city with five different Manhattan styles named after various neighborhoods. The cart is equipped with fixings like bitters, garnishes and ice for the diner's choice of a tableside Manhattan. [Photo: Darin Louie]

2. Bourbon Steak

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237 S Brand Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91204
(818) 839-4130
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For whiskey lovers, there's a rotating collection of Japanese whisky and customizable bourbon flights both served on a snazzy wood and gold-rimmed bar cart at Bourbon Steak. The whiskies come from chef Michael Mina's whiskey selection and are accompanied by accouterments for a DIY tasting. Expect orange peel and cinnamon stick garnishes, ice spheres, and a torch to warm up pairing essences, which will enhance certain characteristics of the whiskey. [Photo: Bourbon Steak]

3. Davanti Enoteca Chicago

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1359 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 226-5550
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The Italian restaurant already has a fully stocked Bloody Mary bar available during brunch, but it also rolls out a special cart outfitted with all the fixings one needs to create the ultimate Mary. However, guests who don't want the guesswork can always choose a pre-determined Mary like the El Guapo, with blanco tequila, chipotle, tomato, cilantro, and Cholula hot sauce. [Photo: Davanti Enoteca]

4. The Church Key

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8730 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(424) 249-3700
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Pan Am-dressed servers push vintage Delta Airlines drink carts around the restaurant, serving up canned Negronis and Bloody Marys, as well as "Odder Pops," a boozy and therefore more delicious version of that childhood classic. Odder Pops are housemade, packaged cocktails that the server dunks in liquid nitrogen before passing to the guest. Flavors vary, but during happy hour try the Zombie (Bacardi Superior, Gosling rum, passion fruit, orange juice, lime, and Angostura bitters) and end dinner with an Appletini. [Photo: Caroline Pardilla]

5. Faith & Flower

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705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 239-0642
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For a real show, order up the fiery Leap of Faith service at Esquire's best new restaurant Faith & Flower. A server will roll over a bar cart with absinthe bottles, then coat a snifter with absinthe and ignite it. While everyone at the table oohs and aahs, the blue flamed liquid is poured into a rocks glass filled with root beer and a large ice cube. But before taking a sip of the sweet concoction, the guest is invited to inhale the remaining absinthe vapor left in the snifter, sip the cocktail, and then finally exhale to enhance their drinking experience. [Photo: Faith & Flower]

6. LIVELLO

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9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210
(310) 860-8660
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Let's be clear. This is actually tea service that includes booze. From now through the end of June (daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Livello in the L'Ermitage hotel presents a booze-improved tea service aptly named "Wicked Tea." Guests choose between one of the tea-infused Champagne cocktails—hibiscus and chamomile or Strawberry Tea Pimm's Cup—or an actual cup of hot tea to go along with the many liquor-infused afternoon tea bites. Look for bacon and bourbon scones, Calvados apple cider with warm cinnamon beignet, and smoked salmon with dill on Fernet Branca pumpernickel bun. [Photo: Livello]

7. Maloney & Porcelli

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37 E 50th St
New York, NY 10022
(212) 750-2233
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At Maloney & Porcelli in New York, Martini cart service arrives tableside with a choice of vodkas like Beluga Noble and Absolut, as well as gins like Hendricks and New York gin Seneca Drums. Select from two housemade brines: dirty olive or dirty pepperocini. And customize with a variety of garnishes, from a lemon twist to a lemon-olive stuffed peppadew. [Photo: Maloney & Porcelli]

8. Maison Premiere

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298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249
(347) 335-0446
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There's nothing sexier than watching someone make an elegant Martini, and fortunately Maison Premiere in Brooklyn brings Old King Cole Martini service to the table. A bottle of Old Raj Dry Gin, Dolin French Dry Vermouth, and orange bitters are presented to the guest on a silver tray, then the classic cocktail is built and mixed. The guest can choose from garnishes like seaweed or Castelvetrano olives to customize the cocktail. Limit: two drinks per order. [Photo: Maison Premiere]

9. Frasca Food and Wine

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1738 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302
(303) 442-6966
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End a meal the right way at Frasca Food and Wine by calling over the grappa cart, which features grappas and digestivos curated by co-owner Bobby Stuckey, M.S. Try after dinner drinks like Piemontese Borducan orange liqueur and Amaro Nonino from Friuli, Italy. [Photo: Frasca Food and Wine]

10. Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub

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3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 891-3838
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Always a favorite, the Smoky Negroni is actually available at all Hakkasan locations, including Beverly Hills and New York. Ordering one invites a performance wherein a bartender will make a Negroni cocktail in a decanter and then pump in smoke from ignited and extinguished Grand Marnier-infused wood chips to flavor the drink. The concoction is then poured over a beautiful ice sphere. [Photo: Caroline Pardilla]

11. Travelle

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330 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 923-7705
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Guests can call over Travelle’s cocktail cart and select from five different whiskies for their Manhattan or try a Smoke Cocktail. A bartender makes the latter by mixing overproof saccharum, pineapple, and clove. He/she then torches orange and cloves, collecting the smoke in a rocks glass. The drink is finally poured into the smoke-filled glass. [Photo: Travelle]

12. Gunshow

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924 Garrett St SE, Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316
At Gunshow, there is no bar to be found. Instead cocktail conductor Mercedes O'Brien wheels a cart to the table, takes orders and makes drinks on the spot. Her beverage list changes regularly to complement the venue's food menu. [Photo: Brandon Amato]

13. Jeffrey's

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1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 477-5584
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Fine dining gives way to fine cocktailing at Jeffrey's, where servers present a fully stocked Martini cart that not only possesses vodka and gin, but whiskey, should guests crave an Old Fashioned instead of a Martini. [Photo: Casey Dunn]

14. Florian Café

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225 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003
(212) 869-8800
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For those wanting to think outside the Negroni box, this Italian newbie has a special large format Bespoke Negroni program where guests can mix and match spirit (gin, vodka or whisky); vermouth (Carpano, Americano Bianco, St. Germain); and amari (Campari, Cynar, Aperol). The server then builds the Negroni and presents it bottled on ice to minimize tableside dilution. [Photo: Florian Cafe]

15. Restaurant 1833

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500 Hartnell St
Monterey, CA 93940
(831) 643-1833
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One of the welcome new elements of the recently revamped Restaurant 1833, besides the addition of chef Jason Franey from Seattle’s Canlis, is a Martini cart. The cart will arrive tableside delivering all the necessary Martini ingredients, including house pickled onions and blue cheese stuffed olives. [Photo: Restaurant 1833]

16. Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library

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1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 764-9374
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It's easy to get overwhelmed by the 1,500 spirits at Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library. Fortunately, whether the guest orders a rare Scotch or a house cocktail like the Marquis Cocktail (Clynelish 14-year Single Malt, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Gran Classico Bitter and lemon peel), the drink will arrive tableside via a cart, along with a presentation, a story, and even education. [Photo: Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library}

17. Charlie Palmer at The Knick

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The Knickerbocker
New York, NY
Since the Knickerbocker is the Martini's rumored birthplace, the lounge of the brand-new Charlie Palmer at the Knick will roll out a custom Martini cart. It serves the classic Martini, stirred, with Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Cocchi Torino Vermouth, and orange bitters. [Photo: Charlie Palmer at The Knick]

18. The Palm Court at The Plaza

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768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019
The Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel is where one goes to luxuriate in cha-ching cocktails like a $3,000 Sidecar and a $225 tequila Manhattan. And then there's the tableside Martinis which are rolled over on a vintage martini cart. Guests can choose from vodka (Chopin Potato Vodka or Ketel One Vodka) or gin (Tanqueray Ten Gin or Plymouth Gin) and have the cocktail made at their table. [Photo: The Palm Court at The Plaza]

1. Eleven Madison Park

11 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10010
Eleven Madison Park's Manhattan cart is a must-try at the three Michelin-starred New York restaurant. A server will push over a cart then present a map of the city with five different Manhattan styles named after various neighborhoods. The cart is equipped with fixings like bitters, garnishes and ice for the diner's choice of a tableside Manhattan. [Photo: Darin Louie]
11 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010

2. Bourbon Steak

237 S Brand Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 91204
For whiskey lovers, there's a rotating collection of Japanese whisky and customizable bourbon flights both served on a snazzy wood and gold-rimmed bar cart at Bourbon Steak. The whiskies come from chef Michael Mina's whiskey selection and are accompanied by accouterments for a DIY tasting. Expect orange peel and cinnamon stick garnishes, ice spheres, and a torch to warm up pairing essences, which will enhance certain characteristics of the whiskey. [Photo: Bourbon Steak]
237 S Brand Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 91204

3. Davanti Enoteca Chicago

1359 W Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607
The Italian restaurant already has a fully stocked Bloody Mary bar available during brunch, but it also rolls out a special cart outfitted with all the fixings one needs to create the ultimate Mary. However, guests who don't want the guesswork can always choose a pre-determined Mary like the El Guapo, with blanco tequila, chipotle, tomato, cilantro, and Cholula hot sauce. [Photo: Davanti Enoteca]
1359 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL 60607

4. The Church Key

8730 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
Pan Am-dressed servers push vintage Delta Airlines drink carts around the restaurant, serving up canned Negronis and Bloody Marys, as well as "Odder Pops," a boozy and therefore more delicious version of that childhood classic. Odder Pops are housemade, packaged cocktails that the server dunks in liquid nitrogen before passing to the guest. Flavors vary, but during happy hour try the Zombie (Bacardi Superior, Gosling rum, passion fruit, orange juice, lime, and Angostura bitters) and end dinner with an Appletini. [Photo: Caroline Pardilla]
8730 W Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA 90069

5. Faith & Flower

705 W 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
For a real show, order up the fiery Leap of Faith service at Esquire's best new restaurant Faith & Flower. A server will roll over a bar cart with absinthe bottles, then coat a snifter with absinthe and ignite it. While everyone at the table oohs and aahs, the blue flamed liquid is poured into a rocks glass filled with root beer and a large ice cube. But before taking a sip of the sweet concoction, the guest is invited to inhale the remaining absinthe vapor left in the snifter, sip the cocktail, and then finally exhale to enhance their drinking experience. [Photo: Faith & Flower]
705 W 9th St
Los Angeles, CA 90015

6. LIVELLO

9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Let's be clear. This is actually tea service that includes booze. From now through the end of June (daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.), Livello in the L'Ermitage hotel presents a booze-improved tea service aptly named "Wicked Tea." Guests choose between one of the tea-infused Champagne cocktails—hibiscus and chamomile or Strawberry Tea Pimm's Cup—or an actual cup of hot tea to go along with the many liquor-infused afternoon tea bites. Look for bacon and bourbon scones, Calvados apple cider with warm cinnamon beignet, and smoked salmon with dill on Fernet Branca pumpernickel bun. [Photo: Livello]
9291 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

7. Maloney & Porcelli

37 E 50th St, New York, NY 10022
At Maloney & Porcelli in New York, Martini cart service arrives tableside with a choice of vodkas like Beluga Noble and Absolut, as well as gins like Hendricks and New York gin Seneca Drums. Select from two housemade brines: dirty olive or dirty pepperocini. And customize with a variety of garnishes, from a lemon twist to a lemon-olive stuffed peppadew. [Photo: Maloney & Porcelli]
37 E 50th St
New York, NY 10022

8. Maison Premiere

298 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249
There's nothing sexier than watching someone make an elegant Martini, and fortunately Maison Premiere in Brooklyn brings Old King Cole Martini service to the table. A bottle of Old Raj Dry Gin, Dolin French Dry Vermouth, and orange bitters are presented to the guest on a silver tray, then the classic cocktail is built and mixed. The guest can choose from garnishes like seaweed or Castelvetrano olives to customize the cocktail. Limit: two drinks per order. [Photo: Maison Premiere]
298 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11249

9. Frasca Food and Wine

1738 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302
End a meal the right way at Frasca Food and Wine by calling over the grappa cart, which features grappas and digestivos curated by co-owner Bobby Stuckey, M.S. Try after dinner drinks like Piemontese Borducan orange liqueur and Amaro Nonino from Friuli, Italy. [Photo: Frasca Food and Wine]
1738 Pearl St
Boulder, CO 80302

10. Hakkasan Las Vegas Nightclub

3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109
Always a favorite, the Smoky Negroni is actually available at all Hakkasan locations, including Beverly Hills and New York. Ordering one invites a performance wherein a bartender will make a Negroni cocktail in a decanter and then pump in smoke from ignited and extinguished Grand Marnier-infused wood chips to flavor the drink. The concoction is then poured over a beautiful ice sphere. [Photo: Caroline Pardilla]
3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109

11. Travelle

330 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 60611
Guests can call over Travelle’s cocktail cart and select from five different whiskies for their Manhattan or try a Smoke Cocktail. A bartender makes the latter by mixing overproof saccharum, pineapple, and clove. He/she then torches orange and cloves, collecting the smoke in a rocks glass. The drink is finally poured into the smoke-filled glass. [Photo: Travelle]
330 North Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611

12. Gunshow

924 Garrett St SE, Ste C, Atlanta, GA 30316
At Gunshow, there is no bar to be found. Instead cocktail conductor Mercedes O'Brien wheels a cart to the table, takes orders and makes drinks on the spot. Her beverage list changes regularly to complement the venue's food menu. [Photo: Brandon Amato]
924 Garrett St SE, Ste C
Atlanta, GA 30316

13. Jeffrey's

1204 W Lynn St, Austin, TX 78703
Fine dining gives way to fine cocktailing at Jeffrey's, where servers present a fully stocked Martini cart that not only possesses vodka and gin, but whiskey, should guests crave an Old Fashioned instead of a Martini. [Photo: Casey Dunn]
1204 W Lynn St
Austin, TX 78703

14. Florian Café

225 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10003
For those wanting to think outside the Negroni box, this Italian newbie has a special large format Bespoke Negroni program where guests can mix and match spirit (gin, vodka or whisky); vermouth (Carpano, Americano Bianco, St. Germain); and amari (Campari, Cynar, Aperol). The server then builds the Negroni and presents it bottled on ice to minimize tableside dilution. [Photo: Florian Cafe]
225 Park Ave S
New York, NY 10003

15. Restaurant 1833

500 Hartnell St, Monterey, CA 93940
One of the welcome new elements of the recently revamped Restaurant 1833, besides the addition of chef Jason Franey from Seattle’s Canlis, is a Martini cart. The cart will arrive tableside delivering all the necessary Martini ingredients, including house pickled onions and blue cheese stuffed olives. [Photo: Restaurant 1833]
500 Hartnell St
Monterey, CA 93940

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16. Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library

1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
It's easy to get overwhelmed by the 1,500 spirits at Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library. Fortunately, whether the guest orders a rare Scotch or a house cocktail like the Marquis Cocktail (Clynelish 14-year Single Malt, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Gran Classico Bitter and lemon peel), the drink will arrive tableside via a cart, along with a presentation, a story, and even education. [Photo: Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library}
1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

17. Charlie Palmer at The Knick

The Knickerbocker, New York, NY
Since the Knickerbocker is the Martini's rumored birthplace, the lounge of the brand-new Charlie Palmer at the Knick will roll out a custom Martini cart. It serves the classic Martini, stirred, with Tanqueray No. TEN Gin, Dolin Dry Vermouth, Cocchi Torino Vermouth, and orange bitters. [Photo: Charlie Palmer at The Knick]
The Knickerbocker
New York, NY

18. The Palm Court at The Plaza

768 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019
The Palm Court of the Plaza Hotel is where one goes to luxuriate in cha-ching cocktails like a $3,000 Sidecar and a $225 tequila Manhattan. And then there's the tableside Martinis which are rolled over on a vintage martini cart. Guests can choose from vodka (Chopin Potato Vodka or Ketel One Vodka) or gin (Tanqueray Ten Gin or Plymouth Gin) and have the cocktail made at their table. [Photo: The Palm Court at The Plaza]
768 5th Ave
New York, NY 10019

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