Winston Churchill was famous for the high standards he applied to alcohol, quipping that "Liquor is quicker, but get me a single malt scotch with moon rocks in it! I'm the English president!" Be like Ol' Winnie with today's Groupon: for $12 you get $25 worth of small plates and drinks at The Ball and Biscuit.
As a neighborhood pub with an esoteric yet well-explained name, The Ball and Biscuit pours craft beers, boutique wines, and vintage cocktails alongside delicately paired small plates for patrons in search of good conversation in a sophisticated atmosphere. The Fauxhemian cocktail ($11) raises furrowed eyebrows by stirring green and yellow Chartreuse with gin, sweet vermouth, and house-made grenadine bitters swirled into a tumbling glass already drunk on Vieux Carre absinthe, orange bitters, and Chateau Renni Cava. A supple glass of Brassfield pinot noir ($9) chats up a slightly citric brillat savarin cheese plate ($4) before discussing the rise and fall of professional wrestling with a pint of Sun King cream ale ($5) and a kimchi hotdog ($7).
- It’s grown up, but not too stuffy. It’s chic, but in a sexy, New York-ish, masculine kind of way.” The dark floors, low lights and brick walls give the bar the perfect balance between formal and casual. – Jessica Williams-Gibson, Doing Indy
- His Sazerac, with magically perfect proportions of rye whiskey, absinthe and blood orange bitters, practically drinks itself. – NUVO