The Ace

After Ace

After Ace

I’ve been meaning to check out  The Ace  for a while, and after my friend Amy and I decided we wanted some post-work drinks, it seemed like the perfect destination. We got to The Ace just before 7PM on a Thursday evening, and it was full! We gladly put our names down on a waitlist and decided to venture up the street to see if there was a booth or two bar stools that had our names written on them. Much to our dismay every restaurant (or establishment) on the street was full! We turned south and headed back towards The Ace when alas! we were called. Two bar stools with our names on them!
The Ace has a cozy, warm diner-esque vibe that immediately put us at ease. When some booths became available, we decided to stay at the bar. After musing over both the cocktail menu and the dinner menu for a while, we decided on drinks. I had the After Ace ($11) – a cocktail with Wild Turkey in it! If you know me, you know I love bourbon and I was excited to try a cocktail that infused not only bourbon, but Amaro Montenegro (an Italian herbed liquor) and an Earl Grey and burnt lemon syrup with a dash of Campari. I was not disappointed.

 
The Cocktail Menu

The Cocktail Menu

The cocktails are The Ace’s strongest feature, besides the atmosphere, and if they keep making drinks like this, I’ll keep coming back.
The time came to order food and Amy decided to go for the Mac n’ Cheese special ($14) and I decided to try the Blackened Angus Burger (sans bun, thanks to my pesky wheat allergy) served with spicy ketchup, a side of Mac n’ Cheese and home cut fries ($15). Both Amy and I found the food to be a little pricey, considering it was rustic diner food.

The food arrived promptly and Amy enjoyed her Mac n’ Cheese.

Blackened Angus Burger

Blackened Angus Burger

 My bun-less burger tasted homemade, which was lovely, but I was disappointed that it didn’t have more toppings on it, just a tomato and green onions on the side. The fries could have used some seasoning on them, but the spicy ketchup was divine. 

 
Canadian Sour

Canadian Sour

During dinner I switched to the Canadian Sour ($9) which was made up of Canadian Club rye, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup and garnished with a lemon twist. This cocktail was way too drinkable. It would be perfect while sitting out on a patio on a Sunday afternoon. I could barely taste the liquor, which has its pluses and minuses. I like being able to taste whatever my choice of poison is, but not everyone feels the same way. After dinner we both went for another round of the After Ace – definitely a stand out and one of the best original cocktails I’ve had in a long time. As I said, I think the strongest point about The Ace is its bourbon-and-rye-based cocktails, and the place itself. I did feel that the food was a little overpriced for what it was, but I wouldn’t be opposed to trying their snack menu later on in the evening.
We left The Ace at around 9PM and people kept coming in. The bar is open until 2AM and I’d like to come back later in the evening, skip dinner and enjoy the cocktails, the 1950’s music, the diner feel and great conversations with friends.