Location: Top Floor, Corner Market Building, 94 Pike Street, Suite 34.
Ok, Jason Tibbetts, what’s this slightly sunny, slightly swanky concoction we have here?
It’s a French Caribbean -- lemon juice, orange bitters, aged rum and Cointreau, shaken up and poured into a martini glass.
This isn’t bad. It’s kinda sweet, but mostly not -- like some girls I know. I like it. There’s just a little bitterness to balance out the sweetness and the rum.
Duality seems to be a theme here at the Shea’s Lounge: It looks like it’s going for the Spanish villa feel -- lots of earthy tones and sharp contrasts. Or maybe it’s French. Chez Shea, the restaurant that accompanies Shea’s Lounge, is contemporary French Cuisine so I guess there’s not much Spanish about it. Either way, Jason, a former grad student in philosophy, earned his degree in London. He’s going back in two weeks for a friend’s wedding and is way excited. That last part isn’t very French, I know. But it’s European: close enough.
In contrast, the wall-art is more of the splattered-paint, modernist variety and jazz plays softly in the background. Overall, the place is a little convoluted but it works. Just like this tasty French Caribbean.
I hear London’s nice this time of year. Yeah, but I’d probably rather go to the Caribbean somewhere and sit on a beach.
Well, this thing is close enough. Is this your own concoction?
Yeah, personally rum is my normal drink, so anyway I can fit it into a cocktail is good.
Ah, rum, the Caribbean. I bet you dig Jimmy Buffett, huh. No. Actually, Jimmy Buffet’s painful. I make fun of my friends for listening to him.
Uh, yeah, er, me too. Jimmy Buffett sucks. Gimme some more rum.