by Alex Keith
So you’re gearing up for — or recovering from — a night of Fashion Week and you desperately need a drink. Get out from under the tents and head to a nearby bar to sip on your cocktail of choice, be it a cocktail as sassy as that LBD you’re wearing or a PBR tallboy as hipster as your vintage suede vest. A drink can say a lot about your style — what does yours say about you?
Strutting around in Manolos or Jimmy Choos? Don’t stray far from the tents and sashay your way over to The Cocktail Club on King Street. Turn up the heat with the Club’s Safety Word made with habanero-infused tequila, muddled kiwi, lime juice, and house-made lime bitters. The glass is topped off with sparkling apple cider and served straight up with a habanero/lime-infused Himalayan sea salted rim ($10). Better stick to just one if you’re going to make the walk back in those five-inch heels.
Wearing all black with a smudge of bright red lips? Head over to Rue de Jean and suit your classy, Parisian-style with a Slippery Slope cocktail, a blend of Bombay Sapphire, blackberry-sage puree, and a splash of champagne. All you need is a long cigarette and a pair of white gloves. The Slippery Slope is also part of Rue’s Fashion Plate Dinner on Thurs. March 22 for Charleston Fashion Week. The $60 event features the special cocktail and a 3-course meal from 5-7 p.m.
For the fashion-forward, practical girl wearing wedges, mixologist Evan Powell of downtown hotspot Fish is mixing up the “Gentleman’s Bet,” a blend of Gentleman Jack, maraschino liqueur, elderflower nectar, and lemon ($8) for the crowds under the tents during Wednesday’s events, making this drink one you don’t even have to walk to. But if you need a change of scenery, or if whiskey just isn’t your style, sidle up to the swanky bar at Fish and try the “Purple Rain,” made with Beefeater gin, pomegranate liqueur, lime, Pom, and ginger ale ($6).
For the earthy girl looking for a local libation, check out The Grocery’s take on the dirty martini. Dubbing the drink the “Dirty Green Tomato,” the cocktail is made with juice from house-pickled green tomatoes instead of traditional olive juice. Salty and sweet, the drink is served up with a hunk of green tomato and a spicy jalapeno ($9). Charleston Fashion Week attendees are also encouraged to bring in their ticket stub to The Grocery to receive $2 off any of the restaurant’s snacks like charred onion dip served with kettle chips ($4) or fried pickled green tomatoes ($4) to accompany their martini.
If you’re rockin’ a vintage dress and some worn-in leather boots, keep things casual at Big Gun on Calhoun Street and cool off with their collection of craft brews. Choose from Bell’s Amber ($4), Cisco Whale’s Tale Pale Ale ($4.50), or Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard ($6) for something a little heavier. With $1.75 PBR cans and $3 Bud Lights, save your cash for that summer dress you’ve been eying — it’ll last a whole lot longer than any swanky cocktail.