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Cocktail bar the Elk Room opens in Harbor East

The Elk Room, a speakeasy-inspired cocktail bar in Harbor East, is now open, said general manager and managing partner David Goodman. The 50-seat establishment opened in the former Ten Ten American Bistro space on Monday.

“What we really wanted to do was just try to create something … that didn’t exist in the city, where people could go and have a cocktail — something that was made with a lot of purpose and by guys who have really fantastic training,” Goodman said.

The cocktail menu features classic recipes alongside original creations by Rael Petit, a New York-based bartender and cocktail consultant hired by the Elk Room. Bartenders use smoke, liquid nitrogen and a centrifuge to add fun touches to cocktails like the nitro mojito and the old Pigtown, Goodman said.

“We hired a couple of the best guys in the city, and gave them all the toys to play with to make great drinks,” he said.

The Elk Room’s staff behind the bar includes Shaun Stewart (formerly of Gunther & Co.), Andrew Nichols (the Sandlot) and Rob Vogel (Ten Ten).

Food at the Elk Room is intended to be a “whimsical and fun approach to a bar menu,” Goodman said. Nodding to its name, the menu features elk tacos, venison tartare and rabbit corndogs. It also offers charcuterie and fondue.

Space at the Elk Room is limited, and the bar has a “one in, one out” policy, so once it’s full, awaiting patrons must wait outside until others leave. Goodman suggests visiting the bar next door at the Italian chophouse Tagliata, which also just opened and is owned by the same company, the Atlas Restaurant Group.

“The hope is while you’re waiting, go get a glass of Prosecco on the patio,” Goodman said. “Because of the limited seating, we hope that people will come and be willing to wait a bit.”

The Elk Room is open from 4 p.m.-2 a.m. daily, and features live jazz each night. It is located at 1010 Fleet St. For more information, go to theelkroom.com.

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