Bar Review: The Cellar, Fullerton

The Cellar in Fullerton is a great cozy little romantic place that is, really, in the cellar of ‘The Villa Del Sol’ building.  This is a 1923 Spanish Colonial with its own interesting history.  The Cellar itself was created in 1969 and is designed to resemble an old world cave wine cellar.  Reportedly it was designed by the same artist who did Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean.  The results are a very romantic old world ‘cave’ feel with lots of dark wood and leather.

The lounge area is just to the right as you enter the restaurant.  It is a very tight fit, very cozy, and keeps with the cellar cave look. There are only 7 bar stools, so it gets filled up pretty quickly, but there are several scattered tables and booths available.

The bar ‘pit’ is even cozier than the lounge.  While I’ve seen three bartenders and a bar back working there, its really spaced for one.  The head barkeep, Rich, is really excellent and knowledgeable.  He advocates stirred martinis, but I’ll forgive him that minor flaw.

As my readers well know, my drink of choice for comparison would be Sapphire, dry, with a twist.  But the until recently, the Cellar didn’t carry Sapphire!  They do however have an excellent selection of different gins.  So I forced myself to improvise and try a different gin, several times.  Since then they have, happily, added Sapphire.

The Martinis here are excellent.  They are professionally, even exuberantly, prepared and well chilled.  Though, as noted, The Cellar stirs their Martinis and therefore aren’t quite as chilled as I would prefer.  None-the-less, they are really quite good.  The bar staff are very helpful, knowledgeable & informative, friendly, and do an overall great job.

In addition to enjoying many martinis at the Cellar I have also eaten there on several occasions.  The food is excellent, though a bit pricey.  The service has also always been excellent.  And the decor is, as noted, romantic.  Definitely a special occasion place.

The gin selection here is an “A”.  Their selection does change periodically, but they maintain a nice selection of styles.  The do focus on “small batch” and lesser known distilleries.  Their recent selection includes; Bombay Sapphire, Ford’s, Hayman’s Old Tom, Plymouth Navy Strength 114pf, St. George Terrior, Sipsmith, Russel Henry, Ransom Old Tom, Sipsmith V.J.O.P 115 pf., Bols Genever, Bols Barrel-Aged Genever.

For the Martini, the environment, and the Barkeep, The Cellar gets two stems. Martini Glass UprightMartini Glass Upright

For information:   www.cellardining.com

*****   Rating Definitions   ****

Random Martini Quote for the Day

“If I had to live my life over, I’d live over a saloon.”
W.C. Fields

 

For more fun Martini quotes check out the appropriately titled “Martini Quotes” page, or click the link: Martini Quotes.

If you like these posts and want to be notified by email when they come in, please subscribe to the blog…. over on the left.  😉

New Martini Quotes Added!

TWIST__1_

If you haven’t checked out my Martini Quotes page recently you’ll be happy know that there are many new enlightening & entertaining quotes.  Or you can wait until they appear over time in my “Random Martini Quote for the Day” postings.

There are also several good Martini Jokes for your amusement in the new Martini Jokes page.

 

Random Martini Quote for the Day

“Happiness is…finding two olives in your Martini when you’re hungry.”
Johnny Carson

 

For more fun Martini quotes check out the appropriately titled “Martini Quotes” page, or click the link: Martini Quotes.

If you like these posts and want to be notified by email when they come in, please subscribe to the blog…. over on the left.  😉

Great Gin Selection at the local Reststop!

Fantastic Gin Selection

Last week while traveling in Scotland, we stopped at a little roadside restaurant, “Stonehouse” for lunch outside of Foulis on the A9.  Beside the restaurant was their giftshop.  There covering two entire top shelves was this selection of Gins.

This is without a doubt the largest selection of Gins I’ve ever seen in one place.  Certainly outside of a ‘warehouse’ type store.  🙂

 

 

Random Martini Quote for the Day

“Martinis are the only American invention as perfect as a sonnet.”
H. L. Mencken

 

For more fun Martini quotes check out the appropriately titled “Martini Quotes” page, or click the link: Martini Quotes.

A Martini Elitist??

Apparently I’m an elitist drinker?

I’m not sure what makes me an elitist though.  Is it the look I get when I order a ‘Bombay Sapphire’ Martini and the bartender looks at me with big vacant eyes and you can hear their mind sort of going “Whaaaaa?”  Then they sort of look at that bottle of ‘Martini & Rossi’ Vermouth gathering dust and you can see them wondering if that’s what I want.  And this wasn’t just the bartender.  This was the waitress, bartender, and manager!

Or is it that in my mind I’m thinking that they’re a moron?

This is not an idle imagination, this actually happened to me, twice, on my recent trip to Scotland.  Mind you, this wasn’t in the city center of Glasgow or Edinburgh where I’ve had no problem.  But it wasn’t in the far hinterlands of the Outer Hebrides where one might excuse a local beer tender.   This was in a middle sized tourist / seaside / fishing town.  This is the largest town in the highlands with 10,000 locals and untold numbers of tourists.  (I’ll keep the name of the place to myself to protect the ignorant.)

Considering that Scotland produces 70% of the Gin produced in the UK, you would think that a Martini would be universally recognized.  Or does everyone order G&T?

Seriously though, if you’re a bartender at a local bar serving beer to locals 98% of the time whose never seen a movie, read a book, or finished High School, I can understand perhaps not knowing what a Martini is.  But other than that, you absolutely should at least know that a Martini is a drink unto itself.

Or am I really a Martini elitist?  If so are we a dying breed?