Black-tea ice cubes, sultana swizzle sticks, honeycomb, vodka, gin, rye and more all shaken and stirred and muddled and served for your pleasure - meet the drinks (and their makers) you'll find at the year's biggest cocktail carnival
The Polo Lounge has suffered a slight identity crisis over the years. As part of the Oxford Hotel, the two upper levels of this grand old building once hosted the infamous Gilligan's. Much loved for its potent cocktails, Gilligan's ran as a queer bar for about 20 years before the entire premises closed for a major renovation in 2004. Several million dollars later the Oxford Hotel re-emerged with a main gay bar on the ground level, a cabaret bar on the first level known as the Supper Club, and a stunning level two bar reminiscent of the former Gilligans, the Polo Lounge. Stylish décor includes opulent lounges, fireplaces and a life-size horse lamp, and the bar offers great views of Taylor Square. Drink prices are a little above average but appropriate to the environment in which you get to enjoy them. Its intimate charm makes the Polo Club an ideal place for a quiet get-together or a first date drink. Warning: don't try to ride the horse-lamp. While it is tempting, this party trick will get you kicked out faster than you can say ‘Mr Ed'.