The liquid counterpart to chef Grant Achatz’s Next, Aviary exhibits a similar dedication to innovation and theater. The not-quite bar (there is no “bar” to speak of, just a kitchen with prep stations) adopts a molecular slant, delivering cocktails in unexpected forms and flavors—an Old-Fashioned served inside of an ice cube, a drink that tastes like buttered popcorn—served in a tasting menu format. This may not be anything like your average bar, and that’s exactly the point. After drinking at Aviary there’s absolutely no way you’ll look at a cocktail the same way again.
- craft cocktails
- bar food
What to drink
The three or five-course tasting menu. Be prepared for something to smoke, dissolve, spark or crackle without warning.
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While the bar reserves 40 to 50 percent of seats for walk-ins, avoid the hassle and make a deposit and reservation online. If you’re feeling bold, try to snag an invite to the basement speakeasy, The Office.