The Teardrop makes me feel classy: I have to pretend I’m loaded to drop $8 for a cocktail that will get me loaded. The drinks are worth the price—part works of art, for their truly imaginative combinations, and part science, for the precision of their preparation. That’s right: This is an institute of mixology. The cocktail menu changes to include seasonal ingredients, and the bartenders use eyedroppers to dispense precise amounts of their made-from-scratch mixers. I downed a Last Days: Buffalo Trace bourbon, absinthe, house crème de cacao, Shiraz reduction and pimento dram served up.
What to drink: Any of the cocktails, $8.
Happy hour: $1 off all beer, wine and sake 4-7 pm Monday-Friday.