Teardrop Cocktail Lounge

1015 NW Everett St., 445-8109, teardroplounge.com. 4 pm-12:30 am Monday-Thursday, 4 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday.

The Teardrop Lounge offers a roster of meticulously crafted libations, served up by mixologists who will turn your highball or martini glass into an art canvas. Business-chic clientele encircle a teardrop-shaped bar stacked with housemade mixers, while black-and-white films play in the background. "Our overall cultural palette has evolved over time," the bartender explains. The Elk's Own ($10), however, is nearly identical to the award-winning Elk's Fizz crafted by Peter Sindar in 1901: a frothy blend of rye whiskey, port, egg white and lemon that goes down like an earthy meringue. The Borrowed Time ($12) is a house original blending tequila, bitters, blood orange, amaro, marshmallow root tincture and Chartreuse elixir; the smoky, sweet flavor recalls a cigar laced with orange zest. Each drink is a complete experience, but not a low-budget one. Come here for first drinks or on a date. GRACE STAINBACK.

Happy hour: 4-7 pm Monday-Friday. Selected food and drink specials.