I went to the Copper Gate after hearing lots of raves from friends and I have to say I was a little bummed. First, it feels like it doesn’t quite know if it wants to be fancy or kitchy so it is this uncomfortable combination of the two. Sort of like if a super metro guy fell in love and moved in with a drag queen and they had to merge all their belongings. Second, wtf florescent light above the bar? Awful. If I want to go drink under florescents I’ll hit the flask in my desk drawer at work. That’s what Monday mornings are for (just kidding, of course). Luckily the rest of the bar is dimly lit but it proves how important lighting is. Third, the weird barstool configuration is a sight to behold. They are so far from the bar you can’t actually “sit at the bar.” You definitely wouldn’t be able to eat there.
Good points: I never tried Aquavit before and they had a really good cider that came in a cool champagne-like bottle. I didn’t try to the food. Everyone else seems to love this place so maybe I’m just crazy.over 5 years ago