With just 15 seats, the E. Smith Back Bar (in the rear of one of our favorite shops, E. Smith Mercantile) is the tiniest, coziest, you’ll-want-to-linger-all-night spots we’ve wandered into in a long time. Featuring pre-Prohibition-style cocktails and the appropriate turn-of-the-last-century decor, the place is run by sisters Jessie and Sara Poole and mom Kate, who are known for their infused booze and bitters. Warning: After a couple of Scofflaws—rye, dry vermouth, lemon, and Jack Rudy grenadine—you might find it hard to resist the siren call of the shop up front. Check the website for the schedule of prix fixe (from $40) multicourse dinners with guest chefs.
208 First Ave. S.