Famous Last Words
Famous Last Words is a literary-themed bar. When I say literary themed, I don't mean a few cute puns on the menu and a bookshelf: this place is actually pretty hardcore don't-dogear-the-pages, don't-crack-the-spine, tape-your-glasses book-themed.
So much so, the menu itself is actually a little book with chapters and page numbers.The drinks are all named after real modern books that I've actually read and loved. Be still my beating heart, there's even a glossary.
It's clear they've worked hard on the interior, from bookshelf wallpaper to a bartop constructed from 11,000 Scrabble tiles to the hundreds of books on the shelves.
Literary nerds are sure to feel as comfy sinking into one of the plush seats (if you can snag one) as they are navigating the bookishly organized menu. A small record collection is also tucked behind the bar.
The Tourist Season ($11) is very fruity, sweet and a little sour tequila-based cocktail made with strawberry-infused tequila, strawberry-basil syrup, grapefruit soda, and basil served with ice and a pink straw in a highball glass.
The menu note reads, "What we'd drink if we were lost in the Everglades."
The Goldfinch ($15), named for the breakout Donna Tartt bestseller you saw your best friend/aunt/mom carting around for a summer.
Herradura Reposado tequila, mezcal, pineapple-rosemary house shrub, chartreuse, and hellfire bitters, apparently the taste of this is a play on the name "Tart(t)"...it's overpoweringly smoky, and with the rosemary garnish this might pack too big a wallop.
Moving on to the Galore ($12) is actually the perfect antidote for me personally.
Newfoundland Screech Rum pays tribute to where author Michael Crummey and bar owner Marlene Thorne are both from, and coffee syrup, cream, egg, chocolate bitters, nutmeg and cocoa tincture give this an eggnog feel.
Finally, the signature cocktail that shares the bar's name is the Famous Last Words ($14), a play on Canadian author Timothy Findley's book and the Last Word cocktail.
Made with Georgian Bay gin, chartreuse, maraschino liqueur, lime, and fresh sage, this is a good one if you like cocktails with a little of that licorice-y taste.
Snacks are available in the form of simple meat and cheese plates. For $18 you get a selection of three cheeses with crostini and preserves, which for us are parmigiano reggiano, goat cheese, and smoked cheddar with maple mustard and fig marmalade.