Todd is the man! Oak and Ivy is THE place to drink if you appreciate cocktails.
My friends and I came in during my brother’s bachelor party after hearing how great this place was from my uncle, who had been. The place was better than I ever could’ve imagined though. I’m really into cocktails, and if I ever opened a place of my own, Oak and Ivy would be the place that I strive to create. Quirky, creative, fun, friendly, and most importantly, absolutely incredible drinks. Small and intimate is an understatement, with roughly 10 seats in the whole place. Each drink was made one at a time, never sacrificing quality for haste. The bartenders tasted each drink and adjusted accordingly to make sure every one was to their liking before handing it off. Todd was amazing, ran the bar with grace, was super friendly, absolutely brilliant and could talk about cocktails for days. The man really knows his stuff. His cocktail creations are genuinely innovative concepts that I hadn’t heard of before, which is hard to do with all the craft cocktail bars competing nowadays. I asked Todd to surprise me with something whacky, bourbon-based, and spirit-forward, and he made me a drink called “the old man doing the splits”, which is a split base of rye and roasted pecan infused, brown butter fat-washed bourbon, torched cinnamon, expressed orange peel, and 2 types of bitters. The milk-washed cocktails are also not to be missed, both the tropical and the coffee-infused one. Todd’s drink concepts are absolutely phenomenal, and it was a real joy to watch him in action and I had a great time chatting with him. I wish Oak and Ivy the best of luck, keep up the phenomenal work, guys!