Three things at the top of my “lust list” -
Benton’s Old Fashioned with bacon infused bourbon for the win!
Yes, Please Don’t Tell can at times have an excessively long wait to get it, and waiting on that line to get into the phone booth for the not-so-secret-anymore entrance is still a bit of a goofy thrill in a “Get Smart” agent kind of way. I always thought it was both funny and ingenious to hide a speakeasy connected to a terrific hot dog joint such as Crif Dogs. You wait. You get hungry. You eat. Yes, I have ended up eating a few bacon wrapped dogs while waiting to get in and get my drink on!
When you finally get in you actually enter a very low key dimly lit bar with a pretty nice staff. I lucked out recently as I was on my own for a night and bypassed the line waiting to get in for a single seat at the bar. Just perfect as I had a spot to check out the action and there was a menacing looking stuffed bear with claws sticking out right above me. With all the stuffed animals around PDT is a taxidermist’s delight! Low ceilings, dim lighting, brick walls, some booths and a few tables, attentive bartender, and a mix of classic rock and hipster type music playing. It’s a very chill and laid back atmosphere here.
Looking over the PDT drink menu all cocktails are $15. Ouch! But kind of expected. It’s the kind of spot to go for a quality cocktail to sip and relax, maybe bring a date, and definitely to bring “out of towners” to show off a bit. They only take a few reservations at 3pm sharp by phone but it’s almost impossible to get one. Better off going there during an early off hour to garner a table or spot at the bar. A good thing is that you don’t feel rushed here as it’s first come first served basically, and those on line have to wait it out.
My drink of choice during my last visit? The Benton’s Old Fashioned with bacon infused bourbon. I love bourbon. I love bacon and it goes with everything! Bacon infused bourbon, maple syrup, bitters. Damn, that’s a good drink. Bacon, bacon, bacon!
Is PDT over hyped at this point? For sure! Yet, it’s still one of the more amusing speakeasies to experience. Go at least once and bring a friend or a date. Have a few drinks along with some gourmet hot dogs and tater tots which you can order from Crif Dogs next door to eat at the bar. Kick back to enjoy the kitschy vibe that PDT emanates, and leave through the phone booth with a knowing nod to those waiting on line.