Every once in a while I wander the streets of Brooklyn NYC looking for new spots to discover for my drinking pleasures. Sometimes I prefer a small cozy candle lit bar with an artsy vibe. Soft music playing. Just to chill out over quiet conversation, or to be lost alone in my thoughts. Not too long ago a friend recommended Sample for us to go get a drink and chat after the recent event we were at. From the outside it’s a nondescript looking place. Walking inside it was narrow and darkly lit, which suited my mood perfectly. It was nearing closing time but we took a few seats at the bar anyway and looked over the drink list which is printed on these small strips of paper on a stand. Very “shabby chic” style. She pointed to one and told me how good it was when she was here last time. I had no preconceived notion of what I was hankering for so hey, when in Rome, do as the Romans do!
Good call and the cocktail she recommended was right on the money. The “El Guapo” was surprisingly refreshing for a tequila based drink with a mix of ingredients that put together somehow all works in unison to make a heck of a delicious tasting libation. Tequila, honey, lemon, grapefruit & mole bitters – a quality cocktail for $7! If the bar was not closing for the night we would have ordered a second round.
Impressive little draft beer list, and all at $6 a pint. Blue Point, Weihenstephan Weiss, Jever Pilsner, Smuttynose IPA, Stoudt’s Scarlet Lady ESB, Abita Amber, and Victory Donnybrook Stout among others. Around ten different house cocktails in the $6-$8 range. All things considered, and this being NYC, the prices here are cheap for the solid selection offered. Impressive.
One day I need to come back here and try some bar eats to nosh on, and sample the wine list. It’s definitely a good spot if you want to have a relaxed drink over conversation in a more mellow atmosphere with a friend or a date. Being that it is so narrow I can suspect it can be a bit cramped on weekends and happy hour. I would also assume it’s a decent place to unwind after a long day.
In the meantime, just order the El Guapo and drink your worries away.
Sample – http://samplewinebar.com/