Rendezvous Lounge has been around for 13 years, setting itself apart with 300 vodkas and a cigar menu. Upon entering, we can’t help but notice all the tape holding together black vinyl bar seats. Our bartender, Brett, has been with the bar for all of eight days at the time, and he says he hasn’t tended since he was in college in Zimbabwe. Still, the French connection ($10) rates fine, a snifter of Courvoisier VS cognac and raspberry peach Grand Marnier, mixed and served with two ice cubes. It reads a little artificial but high-alcohol fruity.
When we try to order one of the many signature martinis, Brett cuts the menu in half due to inventory issues, because they’re shifting to their fall menu, he says. Our peppermelon ($9) martini gets mango liqueur instead of melon (they’re out) along with watermelon vodka and Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, with a chili salt rim. It’s oversweet and artificial with no booze taste, helped only by a decent heat level.