The 118 Cocktail Bar-- Green, OH

--- EDIT 11/21/2016 --- On a trip to Market District it came to my attention that this location has closed. All signage has been removed, although I have been unable to find an official statement as to why The 118 Cocktail Bar shuttered it's doors.

This is my first review in Green and I'm very excited about all of the new places that we get to explore since we moved here in the middle of January. We noticed the sign for 118 Cocktails while going to and from the Market District. I was happy to see that they were opening on March 31, 2016, I love reviewing brand new locations. We went in two days after 118 Cocktail Bar opened, we had intended to go a little later in the evening so that we could hear the live band, but we were pretty hungry and went in before 8:00.

On Friday evenings the 118 will have a jazz pianist, and on Saturday evenings a live band from 8:00-11:00 p.m.

Dave and I both started off our evening with one of 118's handcrafted cocktails.

I ordered the Lemondrops at Noon made with "Limoncello, simple syrup, lemon juice, egg white, and shaken mint." This cocktail is light and airy, certainly sweet and lemony. The texture and taste reminded me a little of a very expensive cocktail that I've previously purchased in Cleveland. I'm very happy with being able to order such a great hand crafted cocktail so close to home.




Dave ordered Rage & Lust made with "Titos vodka, guava-passion-fruit syrup, muddled cilantro, lime, and soda water." We weren't totally sure what to expect out of this cocktail, but it ended up being more sour than sweet. Overall, we liked it, but if you'd prefer something sweeter go for the Lemondrops at Noon.



For dinner we split three items off the menu the fried mozzarella balls...




The Mediterranean platter, I love that they fried the pita bread that was served on the side, it added a little something extra. 



And the vegetarian with a twist flat bread which included "fresh gouda, roasted red peppers, mushrooms, basil, and an olive oil blend." 



Our favorite item of the three was the vegetarian flat bread, it had a great flavor profile with the gouda, the sweetness in the sauce, the earthiness of the mushrooms, and the pepperiness of the herb blend in the olive oil. Dave wished the flat bread dough was a little crispier so that it was easier to pick-up and eat, but the flavors were spot on.

I enjoyed the different ways the dishes were served, like the friend mozzarella balls being served in a martini glass and the flat bread being served on a small pizza peel.

For dessert we split the cocktail named Chocolat made with "cocoa nib infused bourbon, cocoa syrup, vanilla creme, Luxadro, and chocolate bitters."

This cocktail was a little more Dave's speed than mine, I prefer really sweet drinks and this one just had a hint of sweetness. 




Our server Allison was very friendly and we also received a visit at our table from the owner and the chef. We went around 6:00 and 118 Cocktails was just starting to fill-up as we left, probably because that was closer to when the live music was starting. Overall we had a pleasant visit and are excited to go back with friends. Although we really enjoyed the vegetarian flat bread, I think the draw for me is more the hand crafted cocktails. As vegetarians we appreciated the wide range of vegetarian items on the menu though, we'll be trying the bruschetta and truffle fries on our next visit for sure. 

My rating for The 118 Cocktail Bar:





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