If Huck Finn were around today (and of legal drinking age), Sassafras would be his watering hole.
Opening Friday, the 1933 Group’s (Thirsty Crow, Oldfield’s) latest effort channels the Old South with more gusto than a Civil War reenactment.
Mosey into an antebellum booze palace, complete with cascading Spanish moss, antique bric-a-brac (taxidermied bear, Frederick Douglass portrait), and the actual living room of a Gothic-style Savannah house that’s been painstakingly rebuilt, furniture and all.
Cash-poor patrons spin a gambling wheel for free libations in back, while discerning drinkers hop onto one of the soda fountain bar stools to order a barrel-aged cocktail (mai tai, Manhattan) from a rotating vintage dry-cleaner’s rack.
Ginger beer drinks, an absinthe fountain, and deliciously potent concoctions (pecan julep, sherry cobbler with peach and pink peppercorn liqueur) all deserve to be sampled. And mention DailyCandy for a free pour of the house specialty sangria.
After all, to quote Mark Twain, “Sometimes too much to drink is barely enough.”
Sassafras, 1233 Vine Street, at La Mirada Avenue, Hollywood (323-467-2800 or sassafrassaloon.com).
Photo: Biz Urban Photography for DailyCandy