What To Eat & Drink at The European, New in Union SquareBy Virginia Miller | June 9, 2014 By Virginia Miller | June 9, 2014
The European, a gorgeous new metropolitan-style bar, opened on June 6th in The Warwick hotel. Right in the midst of all the Union Square galleries and theaters, the bar sits across the hotel lobby from its highly anticipated sister restaurant, Aveline where Top Chef alum Casey Thompson runs the kitchen. Bartender Adam Wilson (last seen at Beretta) oversees an elegant, relaxed bar that's dark with sleek blacks, globe chandeliers and warm orange banquettes. Wilson did much of his research through historic cocktail books and drinking his way through the historic and modern great bars of Paris. He then crafted a menu based on the unique cocktail renaissance that took Europe during the Prohibition Era. At that time, many U.S. bartenders migrated overseas and an America-meets-Europe style of drinks was born, where America's booze-forward drinks met Europe's lighter, low-proof aperitifs and Champagne cocktails.
Wilson's menu is grouped by aperitifs ($8), sparkling/Champagne ($10), long (lighter drinks in a tall Collins glass), crushed (over crushed ice), up (more spirit-forward, no ice) and "down" (served on the rocks; $12). He's working with house sommelier Betsy Ross to develop an extensive sparkling wine/Champagne program with plenty of half-bottles on offer. In addition, the bar has it's own menu from talented Chef Thompson and it is as intriguing as the drinks (think house "Spam" on Texas toast with grape jelly). Visit The European Sunday-Thursday, 5 PM - 12 AM and Friday-Saturday from 5 PM -1 AM. But first, check out a few of our early favorite drinks and bites below. And remember to check back for a look at top plates from Aveline tomorrow. 490 Geary St., 415-292-6430