Inside the new Intercontinental hotel...
March 08, 2008
Did some shopping downtown today and stopped by the new Intercontinental Hotel to marvel at its marble lobby and try the lounge. Spartan luxury seems to be the theme; expensive finishes that were somewhat poorly finished (I hear the hotel was running way behind schedule and there was a construction sprint to open "on time").

The lounge was stylish yet small, and has a strange focus on grappa. If you've ever tried grappa, its an acquired taste at best. The clientele was a chatty local, who wouldn't give the bartender a moment's peace, a predictably drunken Englishman and his Indian girlfriend, and an older couple who had the misfortune of trying to balance a martini on the beveled edge of the bar. They didn't yet have a cocktail menu, so we sampled the impressive selection of bourbons. We never were offered any cocktail peanuts.

We're meeting there next week for Bar Night so come join us and log your own review...

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