Welcome to Tippling Hall, 646 N. Franklin St. Ste. 200. Part cocktail lounge, part wine bar, this spot from Mercadito Hospitality (the force behind Mercadito, Tavernita and Little Market) features a cleverly designed, 24-page drink menu reads like a comic book, with tons of graphics and even some goofy jokes. It includes everything from the "Big Nose Gets Lei'ed" (a new take on Sex on the Beach) to the "One Sour Samurai" (sweet potato shochu, ginjo sake, lemon, white tea, and suchachi). Shaken and stirred cocktails, of which there are 10 include the Misty in the Mountains, a mezcal-based drink that delicately toes the line between smoky and sweet thanks to pineapple juice and honey, or the "Spinal Tap" draft cocktail--dispensed with the pull of a huge guitar fretboard--that will rotate seasonally. Draft beers are refreshingly varied, from Bud Light to Penrose P2 Belgian pale ale to Founders All Day IPA, all available in 8-, 20- or 34-ounce pours. Wine, too, is available by the inch (pay for how much you drink) or by the traditional glass and bottle. The something-for-everyone approach extends to the food menu, where "global comfort food" includes bar bites, flatbreads, sandwiches and entrees as far-ranging as guacamole ($8.50), bacon-wrapped dates ($10.50), a wedge salad ($12.50), roasted chicken tagine ($20.50) and a seven-grain Thai bowl ($14.50).
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