Jon and Jeanine Amani did more than just revamp their popular corner BYOB after Ida plowed through Downingtown. They expanded it upwards. “Jon and I were always looking for a small, cozy yet upscale bar to go to,” says Jeanine. “And since we couldn’t find any in the area that fit that bill, we decided to create our own.”
Amani’s North Craft Cocktail Bar offers a unique speakeasy experience with innovative libations. Skilled mixologist Brian Burnett concocts a show-stopping Smoked Pineapple Coconut Martini, with aged rum, pineapple-infused coconut rum liqueur, cinnamon bitters, hickory woodchip smoke and coconut shavings. Other standouts include the Apricot Ginger Sour, Grapefruit Goddess and Cafe S’Mores Martini. All seasonal syrups and bitters are developed onsite.
The food menu is a focused list of small plates from Jon’s kitchen downstairs, so guests can an expect an elevated bar-side culinary experience. Make your reservations now for one of the how-to cocktail classes or the already popular wine- or beer-pairing dinners. 105 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, (484) 237-8179, amanisnorth.com
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