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Centrally located in the city, The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. celebrates the time before prohibition, when mixing cocktails was a fine art. In keeping with the theme, the bar sports a classic vibe with wood-paneled walls and plush leather banquettes lining them. Subdued lighting gives an intimate vibe to the space. The drinks menu is heavy on vintage and classic cocktails and features great diversity. There's a selection of modern and innovative concoctions as well. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and will create a drink to your preferences, if you can't decide from the menu. Check website for more.
Hop Sing Laundromat on Race Street is Chinatown's best kept secret which everyone's raving about. Difficult to locate, the curiously named place, is actually a speakeasy of sorts with a plethora of hand-crafted cocktails on offer. Hop Sing keeps a mysterious, low profile, with a nondescript entrance, which adds to its cult status. Caution - photos are strictly discouraged here, this bar isn't for them selfie-addicts. The dress-code is pretty strict as well, no slip-ons, no shorts, no sneakers. So, dress the part because the experience is quite worth the drill. The menu here keeps changing as per seasonal inspirations, and the libations are stellar every time you visit, made using fresh, top-quality ingredients. The decor is elegant, plush and quite gorgeous, really, too bad you cannot document it. Also, there's no food on the menu, but you can order in from one of the many Asian restaurants in its vicinity. The service is impeccable and on the whole, Hop Sing Laundromat makes for quite an unforgettable night - highly recommended. Cards not accepted, cash only.
The Ranstead Room is a far cry from the usual run-of-the-mill bars that have cropped up in recent years. A gorgeous riot of crimson hues, this classy, upscale bar features plush, scarlet booths and stools, classy, retro-inspired wallpaper and gilded chandeliers. The menu here is designed by the iconic, NYC mixologist, Sasha Petraske and features hand-crafted drinks, garnished with hand-chipped ice - everything at this bar is delightfully old school, albeit, exceedingly upscale old school. Classic cocktails are made with an innovative, signature flourish and served with friendly small talk. Apart from cocktails, there's a good selection of wines, draft and bottled beers and to nosh with these gorgeous libations is a limited menu of tapas and small plates. Definitely worth a visit.