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Best New Bars No. 9: Neat
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Aidan Demarest (the Edison, the Spare Room) understands some finer spirits should fly solo. His angle here is “deconstructed cocktails”: liquors served neat (get it?) with a “sidecar” crafted to complement your unadulterated booze. Think Sazerac rye beside a mixture of hibiscus-cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, and Perrier. The midcentury decor is short on frills but maintains a retro flavor. Good tip: Even in summer the back fireplace inspires single-malt sipping. » 1114 N. Pacific Ave., theneatbar.com.