Best Deck for Sipping Champagne Cocktails

The Capitol Club probably was the height of trendy in 1996, with Moroccan/Café del Mar sensibilities including golden walls and plush jewel-toned pillows in candlelit, communal dining areas. Upstairs, a marvelous deck ringed with tiny lanterns and flower baskets projects itself onto Pine Street; it's a feature that never goes out of style. The house cocktails are uncharacteristically expensive for this area, at $8 each, but you'll soon be wondering "how much?" for a pitcher of the Carronade. It's made from grapefruit vodka muddled with lemon, then generously topped with champagne and garnished with a lemon twist and sugar rim. Do try this at home, but it won't be as good as the Capitol Club's version, which comes with a sunset at no extra charge.—Rachel Shimp Capitol Club, 414 E. Pine St., 325-2149,

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