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Details: Capital Bar and Grill


DIVEY: So downright casual, you might feel uncomfortable.
CASUAL: Anything goes, just relax and have a good time.
MODERN: Clean and snappy.
CLASSY: A little on the up-scale side. May have a dress code.
FORMAL: You'd better be on your best behavior. Almost certainly has a dress code, or should.
$$$$: Cheap - Prices are cheaper than found at most other good bars in the area.
$$$$: Average - Prices are about the same as found at most other good bars.
$$$$: Pricey - They are charging more here than at most other good bars.
$$$$: Expensive - Hopefully, somebody else is paying. If they aren't, maybe you should have just one, just so you can say you did.
EAT: None - Hope you aren't hungry, even in the slightest.
EAT: Snacks - Very simple bar snacks. Peanuts, pretzles, that sort of thing.
EAT: Light - Small appetizers, small plates, great if you're not terribly hungry.
EAT: Full - A full meals worth of things to order.
: None - First come, first served.
: Available - Not needed, but you could if you wanted to.
: Required - You need to call for reservations.
: Private - Members Only, or otherwise not available for general attendance.
Capital Bar and Grill
111 West Markham Street
Little Rock, AR 72201

MODERN - $$$$ - EAT -

Located off the lobby of the historic Capital Hotel (1870) in downtown Little Rock, the Capital Bar and Grill serves up classic cocktails along with their own in-house creations.

A bar snack menu is available as well a full lunch and dinner menu.
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I was pleasantly surprised upon first entering the Capital Bar and Grill (CB&G) during a long evening of business entertaining. Unfortunately, my first visit was preceded by the consumption of too many beers (along with a Porterhouse steak dinner at a famously local, greasy "steakhouse").
My party found a table and ordered a few rounds of Sazeracs and found them to be very heavy-handed with Peychaud's bitters. Not being in a state for lucid conversation on the finer points of cocktails, I tried a different classic (of which memory fails me) that I recall was extremely agreeable.

On my next trip to Little Rock, though I wanted to start the evening here, we needed to keep the customer in their comfort zone... buckets of beer. But this time when I entered the CB&G I had better* control of my faculties and while my fellow revelers found a table, I proceed directly to the bar. I informed the bartender (Lee Edwards) of my previous experience and after a short conversation I knew I found someone passionate about their craft! Not only were the Sazeracs top-notch but each cocktail that followed. On my trips to the bar I made time to view their large assortment of bitters, be introduced to tastings of new liquors and liqueurs as well as hearing a well thought-out recipe of one of the in-house cocktails.
*in comparison to my previous trip, but beers were flowing

SIDE NOTE: Great classic glasses and a high recommendation for the house-made pickles and cured meats!


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