November 10, 2015
The Tuck Room Bar in the Spotlight
The concept of dinner and a movie isn't new. But it has been taken to its zenith at the new iPic Theaters Houston at River Oaks District, 4444 Westheimer.
The luxurious new theater isn't just a state-of-the-art facility with a first-of-its-kind two-person pods (think of first class airline seats on an international carrier) for ultimate movie watching, it also offers an upscale restaurant and cocktail bar experience.
The Tuck Room, tucked upstairs at the theater, is a handsome dining room and separate drinking alcove featuring a menu from a James Beard Award-winning chef and a cocktail program from one of the country's top mixologist/sommeliers. The collaboration between Sherry Yard, vice president for culinary direction for iPic Entertainment, and Adam Seger, master mixologist for iPic, has resulted in one of the most delicious entertainment experiences to hit Houston.
Yard's food menu will make a connection with diners who enjoy upscale casual fare such as lobster rolls, fish tacos, sliders, oysters, pizza, fried chicken and loaded tater tots.
But it's Seger's adult beverages that make the Tuck Room a destination bar even if you aren't there to catch the latest Bond flick.
The highlight of his menu is a list of four bespoke cocktails that can be tailored to your drinking preferences. The cocktails include the Margarita, Ginger Fizz, Manhattan, and the Old Fashioned. But within each category are options that allow patrons to customize their drinks using house-made infusions, syrups, bitters, oils and garnishes.
Margaritas can be made with tequila, mescal or sotol, and employ fresh juices and organic agave. The Ginger Fizz lineup (think Moscow Mule) offers your choice of liquor paired with three types of house-made ginger beer (classic ginger, ginger/yuzu, and ginger/pineapple). You'll take Manhattan? Choose your spirit (house cherry whiskey, rum, tequila, bourbon or scotch), one of three vermouths, and a garnish of either house-made maraschino cherries, candied pecans or orange oil. And if you're feeling Old Fashioned, you have even more choices: spirit (bourbon, whiskey, rye, tequila, rum), sweet aspect (maple syrup, ginger syrup, pecan syrup or local Texas honey syrup) and bitters (six to choose from). And those Old Fashioneds feature their own special 2-inch-by-2-inch ice cubes.
Bespoke cocktails are priced between $9 and $21.
His "Share Me" list offers a selection of cocktails that come in "sip," "gulp" and "pitcher" sizes ($8 to $28). Those drinks include a margarita, white sangria, Norma Jean (strawberries, vodka and lemonade) and Mulligan Mule (vodka, ginger beer, cucumber and mint). The "shareable" also include drinks Seger crafted with Texans in mind, hence the lable "Lone Star Libations": Rosemary Red (Tito's vodka with Texas grapefruit soda and rosemary); Handsome Little Devil (Bloody Mary made with bourbon barrel-aged jalapeno-infused tequila); and Bees Knees (Balcones Blue Corn Whisky, Texas wildflower honey, and Griffin Meadery Black Currant Meade from Willis, Texas).
But if you really want to share you'll order pre-batched "bottled cocktails" that serve four: Afternoon Delight (vodka, berries, lemon and sweet tea), Southern Decadence (aged Bacardi rum, amaro, magnolia-infused tea, strawberry and pineapple), and Smoking in Bed (whiskey, smoke, and agave). Priced at $21 each, the bottles are actually put affordability in the cocktail lineup.
The extensive wine list includes eight Texas wines. And for the big spenders there's liquid nitrogen bottle service (375, 750 and 1000 ml bottles) served in a smoking, deep chill bucket with a variety of mixers, priced from $100 to $300. Seger likens the bottle service to having friends come to your house and you pluck your favorite bottle of booze from the freezer and corral a bunch of mixers for a party. "It's an adult version of a make-your-own-pizza party," he said. "We say BYOM: Be Your Own Mixologist. It's like a boozy, interactive cooking show."
Seger sees the Tuck Room bar as a playground for adults. "It's like a club house," Sherry Yard added. "I call it the adult club house."
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