Brooklyn Restaurant Has Separate, Less Boozy Drinks Menu 'For Ladies'

By Janet Upadhye on June 4, 2014 1:20pm 

CLINTON HILL — It's a bar menu that might stir things up.

A Myrtle Avenue Mexican restaurant's menu organizes cocktails by gender, serving up higher-alcohol drinks "for men" and lighter libations for the ladies.

Los Pollitos III serves drinks "For Ladies" that have less alcohol, like a glass of wine and Alize — 16-20 percent — while drinks for men contain stronger alcohol like "Mexican Ice Tea" that has Tequila, Rum, Gin, Vodka and Kalhua and "Tequila Cadillac" that has Tequila and Grand Marnier, which is 80 proof.

Ladies' drinks are also easier on the pocketbook — they cost $7 while men's cost $10.

Los Pollitos III bar menu

"The idea was to make people laugh," said manager Marcos Merino, who came up with the idea for his-and-hers cocktails. "People get excited about the menu and have fun with it."

Bartender Leo Vasquez added that the categories on the menu, which has been around two weeks, were inspired by women who ask for drinks that are fruity and easy to drink.

"A lot of times ladies don't like to have the strong stuff so this menu is for them," he said. "The drinks for women are sweeter with less alcohol."

There are also drinks "For Kids" that include virgin Piña Coladas and Daquiries and cocktails like Mojitos and Mai Tai are "For Everyone."

But just because the stonger drinks are geared toward men doesn't mean women can't partake.

"Anyone can order anything," Vasquez said.

Some locals think the categories are arbitrary and possibly offensive.

Karin Torres, who owns nearby wine shop Corkscrew, which focuses on female winemakers, thinks it's women who should get the stiff drinks.

"I think it should be the other way around," she said. "I am much more comfortable around drunk women than men."

But Leo Jackson, who works at Salon de Lafayette in SOHO and has eaten at the restaurant many times, thinks Los Pollitos has the right idea.

"It makes sense," Jackson, 34, said. "It's women who get so inebriated that they pass out and stumble around. It's safer for them to have drinks with less alcohol."

The owner was not immediately available for comment.

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