The Berry & Rye Omaha Nebraska. Throwback pre-Prohibition cocktails and inspired contemporary creations at this craft cocktail room. Sodas, syrups, and bitters made in-house.
A bar that makes its own sodas, bitters and syrups moves into the realm of the serious craft cocktail. I’m at The Berry and Rye, a pre-prohibition era style bar in Old Market, Omaha.
Dim lighting, weathered hard wood floors and exposed brick walls add to the moody atmosphere. Silver art deco cocktail shakers with flourished spouts hang near a massive mural depicting a bar scene. With enticing names like debonair pear, snowfall in Denmark and Trinidad smoke (made with rum, house-made cinnamon clove bitters, and S.G. Roi tobacco syrup), it’s no wonder mixologist Luke Edson received a top 10 nod at the 2013 GQ/Bombay Sapphire Most Inspired Bartender contest.
I settle for a French 45, a perfectly made classic. There’s no sense of pretention here, only solid cocktails with attention to flavour and balance.
This article on The Berry & Rye first appeared in the Spring 2015 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.