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Pepper Lounge

You don't realize it, but ever since French class you've been preparing to drink Chambord, the black raspberry French liqueur of royalty, bottled in the Loire Valley for more than 300 years (and now arriving to you by way of a gaudy vessel only royalty could love). Because you know how to speak the language of love, your love for the finer things in life has grown exponentially. After all, you deserve to treat yourself a little better, given that you can order menu items at swanky restaurants en franais. So after finishing your meal of foie gras, haricots verts and crme brélée, head to Pepper Lounge for an after-dinner drink -- a nightcap, if you will. You'll find a delightful assortment of martinis, including the beloved French martini: vodka, pineapple juice and Chambord (but of course). That same sweet French nectar blesses the Pepper's Swanktini, and its Raspberry Sorbet martini too. But part of enjoying the finer things is having an appreciation of variety, so perhaps you should try something dreamy (the Dreamsicle, with Stoli Vanil, OJ and cream), cutesy (the tropical Waikikitini) or simply good (you can never go wrong with an espresso martini). And if you're not the sort that "has a cocktail," the Pepper will suit you, too: The hot night spot and host to weekly DJ nights (and scenesters) also serves a Purple Pussy (Southern Comfort, blue Curaao and cranberry juice, with a lime garnish).
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