I have sung the praises of Holland House, but I wanted to try out its competition: Patterson House. The majority of the reviews mentioned the wonders of the Bacon Old Fashioned so I had to try it. Warning: it is not for the faint of heart. It has a strong smokey flavor. But as you keep sipping, the smoke subsides and you can appreciate the smooth pairing of Benton’s bacon and bourbon.
Patterson House has great decor, very luxe 20s with tin ceilings and beautiful bookcases. I drooled over all the fresh ingredients set up on the bar like mint and oranges and blackberries. The service was nice. I had some issues with the tiny space and the crowd that evening. I enjoyed the drinks, but I like the atmosphere of Holland House better.