5 Things to Know About the Drinking Room

By Carissa Chesanek  |  December 5, 2013
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Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Eating House recently debuted his month-long Drinking Room pop-up to coincide with Art Basel, giving gallery-goers a chill hangout in between sightseeing and partying. But unlike other Basel pop-ups that only last during the festival, this one goes all December long (Tuesday-Sunday, from 6 PM to 2 AM). Interested? Here are five things to expect.

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  • A cool, understated design: Set downstairs in the recently renovated Hotel Astor, this laid-back, softly lit basement pop-up is comfortable and cozy - ideal for a date, while still being slightly gritty and offbeat for an unpretentious night out.

  • Bistro meets boozing: While the space is all about the lounge scene, the open kitchen in the back of the room and communal table tucked away in the corner lend it a unique feel that mixes bar and trendy bistro into one.

  • Chef collaboration creates anything but pub grub: Rapicavoli teamed up with local chef and pickle guru Ryan Harrison to create the tapas-style menu, offering Korean barbecue empanadas with green onion, smoked pork tacos with sweet and spicy pickles and buttery lobster sliders with aïoli. For dessert, there are Oreo-based mini "dirt cups" made with Nutella, ice cream and salted caramel.

  • Handcrafted potent cocktails: The Broken Shaker’s mixologist Eddie Fuentes helped in shaping the cocktail lineup, including sips like July in Miami (dark and light rum, Ironbeer, nutmeg) and the Tenth and Washington, with tequila, lime and jalapeño.

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    Edible abstract artwork: Chef Janice Wong from the Singapore-based 2am: dessert bar designed large, edible art installations to be displayed during Basel, December 5-8. Guests can pull and eat the sweets directly from the wall - a fine way to take in some art.