While Poets offers a great selection of wines and local draft beers and bottles, which are more than reasonably priced at happy hour, we ordered from the 12-drink cocktail menu. The build-your-own Manhattan ($13), one of our favorite drinks, immediately caught our eye. Patrons are given a checklist to mark off their choice of bourbon (there was at least one rye, too), vermouth, bitters, garnish, and serving (up or on the rocks). Our custom drink was expertly crafted, with the cherry flavor—it was our garnish and the flavor of our bitters–more tastily pronounced than usual without being overbearing. We also tried El Matador ($10), a mixture of tequila, lime juice, muddled strawberries, a small amount of pilsner beer, and ice. It starts out with a burst of citrus and berries for a smooth, pillowy finish. Delicious.