Riverside Bar ‘Idle Hour’ Featured in New York Times Article about Chartreuse

| January 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

New York Times recently published a profile on the French liqueur Chartreuse which has been made by monks for more than 400 years. Riverside bar Idle Hour has become well known as a place to get this unique spirit that is prominently displayed behind the bar. Idle Hour owners Randal Etheridge and Brendan Finnerty were quoted in the article.

From the article:

A Baltimore bartender and Chartreuse superfan, Brendan Finnerty, says it tastes “like Christmas in a glass,” or “grassy Jägermeister.” To me, it has the color and flavor of summer sunlight striking a canopy of leaves — impossibly vibrant, sparkling with life, green beyond belief.

Also in the article:

Mr. Finnerty, the Baltimore bartender, and Randal Etheridge said that before the pandemic, they went through just shy of a case of it a week at their bar, Idle Hour.

At first, “we were trying to shock people with 110-proof liqueur no one had heard of before,” Mr. Finnerty said. “It was fun to turn people onto it.”

During the pandemic, Idle Hour operates a small outdoor patio and offers takeout options — including Chartreuse bottles and 50-milliliter test tube shots.

“Even in the pandemic, we’re still selling a lot of Chartreuse,” Mr. Etheridge said. “We’re just selling it to go.”

Picture of the front door at Idle Hour in 2015

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