Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Anvil Bar and Refuge

Last weekend I finally made it to Anvil, where owner Bobby Heugel mixed us up some sensational afternoon cocktails. Anvil -- which you probably have heard of by now -- replaces the lowly Daiquiri Factory on the Westheimer bend (How’s that for a trade up?) and has been collecting disciples left and right.

I have to admit that I’m on the A-train now, too. This place -- and I mean everything about it -- is impressive. Anvil is owned and run by a team of folks focused on the dying art of the cocktail. While the Prohibition-era drinks are the main draw, Anvil also boasts a beer selection of 40+ (mostly Belgians and microbrews), along with a few choice wines.

Sound overwhelming? Get a rec from Behind-the-Bar Bobby, who gave us an on-the-spot history of the margarita, plus a nice primer on cocktails through the ages. Does such an in-depth understanding of booze translate to the cocktails, themselves? All I know is that my Pimm’s Cup was plain awesome.

Owner Bobby Heugel skillfully slips the egg white into what will eventually become...

A pisco sour. Mmmmmm!

Anvil Bar and Refuge -- 1424 Westheimer


jodycakes said...

That was a most excellent cocktail lesson...Great to see you!!!

Anonymous said...

After reading all the hoopla over the opening of Anvil, we went over for happy hour on Friday before dining at Feast. The drinks were fantastic. My husband had two Pimms Cups, while I taste tested the Sazerac (Rye, Absinthe, bitters)served in a delicate etched vintage glass and an Airmail (rum, honey prosecco, lime) served in a champagne glass. It was such fun. We'll be back@