CLINTON HILL — At Myrtle Avenue’s newest bar, the cocktails pack just as much flavor as the food.
Until Tomorrow, which had its soft opening last week at 507 Myrtle Ave., will focus on “kitchen-heavy” cocktails that blend herbs and other ingredients like spearmint tea, roasted peppers, bread pudding-infused rum and brûléed bananas, its owners said.
“I just wanted to utilize the kitchen in a way that I could really create interesting drinks that people might not have tried before,” said beverage director Rob Giles, who previously ran Erv’s on Beekman in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens.
Cocktails include the “Donkey Kong” (which is made with currant bread pudding-infused rum, orange and lemon juices, Tahitian vanilla syrup, brûléed black walnut-infused bananas, and espresso), and the “Icepick” (made with juiced carrots roasted in Irish butter cream and cumin, tequila, rum, sherry, lemon and grapefruit juice and egg whites).
Beverage director Rob Giles brûlées black walnut-infused bananas for the "Donkey Kong."
The cocktails boast quirky names like the “You Say He’s Just a Friend” (made with Jamaican rum, mint white peppercorn, Salers, chartreuse, lime and peche de vigne) and the “Worst Job Since Keymaster” (a nod to the cult John Cusack film “Say Anything" that's made with rye, an in-house vermouth blend, pineapple rum, hazelnut rosemary syrup, allspice, sherry and a spritz of scotch to coat the glass).
The bar also offers a dedicated selection of “picklebacks” — a shot of liquor followed by a shot of pickle brine — with flavors like tomatillo, cilantro, mint and jalapeño.
A rotating bottled-punch special called the “Altered Beast” (a play on Jungle Juice) is available during happy hour on weekdays from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The food menu offers similarly unconventional takes on bar classics like an al pastor-style sloppy joe made with braised ground beef, pineapple, cotija cheese and coleslaw on a brioche bun as well as a French onion salsa dip served with fresh tortilla chips made in house.
The al pastor-style sloppy joe made with braised ground beef, pineapple, cotija cheese and coleslaw on a brioche bun.
A traditional Philly cheesesteak, fajitas, a hot Italian sausage corn dog, patatas bravas and the bar’s own take on Snyder’s honey mustard pretzel bites fill out the menu.
While the bar’s executive chef and co-owner, Dave Ralston, comes from a fine-dining background, he said that’s not the concept he wanted for Until Tomorrow.
“The technique is there — we take what we do very seriously," said Ralston, formerly of Blessings Cafe in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. "But at the same time we want you to come in and party and get drunk.”
That means “there will be no bartenders wearing vests and ties,” he said.
Instead, Until Tomorrow will have a loose and inviting atmosphere, according to Ralston.
Gold and copper accents dot the small 30-seat bar, which features exposed brick walls and wooden furniture.
In the summer, the bar will open up its back patio with seating for another 30 to 35 diners.
Until Tomorrow is open Sunday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.