Number Ten's Classic Cocktail Cool | Great Barrington, Mass
This Sunday in @berkshireeagle: i’m excited when I not only find out about a place that’s out of my day-to-day that, has something very special going on. The knowledge and insight that David has as he’s put together the cocktail program at @numbertengb is possibly unmatched. His encyclopedic understanding of the history and origins of some of America’s great classic cocktails is something that anyone who is interested in mixology can appreciate.
Located in downtown Great Barrington, Number Ten is located next door to the Mahaiwe Theater. The former home of Castle Street Cafe, the bar program compliments the classic American steakhouse menu.
My first visit to Number Ten a month ago to attend one of David’s TalkTails, which was a celebration of some of classic cocktails. It was an education in a half dozen cocktails, and their origins. When we arrived, we were handed a multi page handout that included recipes for all cocktails, and some context for the talk. The intimate gatherings were. mixture of cocktails, light appetizers, and new connections. He even demystified some elements of my home bar, and will perhaps give me confidence to try making some foundational cocktails at home.
If there is one thing I learned at the TalkTails and with my interview with David is: refrigerate your Vermouth! It doesn’t live in the well of the bar, it doesn’t hang out in your liquor cabinet. That night, I promptly threw out my not quite empty bottle, which indeed, was not refrigerated.
After the TalkTails, I stayed for dinner (it was a long drive from Great Barrington to Pittsfield that night!) and had their burger. As a former vegetarian, ordering a burger is not something I do on the regular, but felt like a steakhouse was a good spot to grab one (and I was right!)
I look forward to other people trying out the cocktail program and hearing more of David’s stories. If you’re looking for a cocktail bar or bartender in Great Barrington or the Berkshires in general that has a knowledge of classic cocktails, and extensive whiskey list, or are looking for an education on vermouth, Number Ten is the spot.
Number Ten, 10 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230