Posted by: Matt Browner Hamlin | May 20, 2009

Black Session

Black Session

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Last night was the final night of Adam Bernbach’s Tuesday Cocktail Sessions. Above is the menu for the night, consisting of some of Adam’s greatest hits of past Cocktail Sessions. I’d had many of these drinks before and I think this was actually a pretty great selection of cocktails that showed Adam’s range of abilities.

The bar was more crowded than at any other Cocktail Session I’ve been to – and early. By the time I arrived (around 7:30), the bar was about three to four deep. It only got more crowded from there, a testament to the popularity of Adam’s work at Bar Pilar. Adam signed the menu with a note to his customers.

Dear All,
Thank you so much for all the support. It’s been an amazing year and a half here at Pilar. I will definitely miss it.

As I’ve said before on this site, Bernbach’s departure from Bar Pilar is a loss. But I look forward to his future projects, which hear may include one-off parties. The big question I have is if Adam will land at another DC-area bar or if he’ll seek to start his own project. In any event – best of luck Adam and thanks for the great times at Bar Pilar.



  1. That Sketch Dude, whisky-based drink looks right up my alley. I’ll have to see if I can try that somewhere up here in NYC.

    Out of curiosity, have you ever had a Smokey Peach? I’m a big Ardbeg/Islay whisky fan and I’m wondering how that tastes:

    The Smoky Peach
    – 2 parts vanilla cognac
    – 1 part Ardbeg 10
    – dash of peach bitters
    – served on the rocks

  2. I’ve never had a smokey peach – I was actually never that into scotch in cocktails until I started having drinks made by Adam. He does some great things with scotch, as you can see above…

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