Neptune’s Launches New Seasonal Cocktails, The Garland Restaurant Moves Forward

Neptune’s Launches New Seasonal Cocktails, The Garland Restaurant Moves Forward

October, 03, 2011, by Jedidiah

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For years after the Fayetteville Street revitalization, most of the bars and restaurants that opened were focused on putting craft beers in front of Downtown Raleigh residents and patrons. But, in the past few years, this trend has seemingly shifted towards crafted cocktails. From Foundation, Fai Thai, (which served great cocktails in their few months open) to Capital Club 16, Neptune's Parlour, Poole's Diner and now Fox's Liquor Bar, cocktails have become a larger focus of the downtown crowd's drinking habits.

Behind each of these bars is an owner or bartender that is constantly tweaking recipes and creating new combination based on drink trends, new ingredients, seasons and more. Cheetie Kumar, the co-owner of Neptune's Parlour, Kings Barcade and the upcoming Garland Restaurant on Martin Street is one of the best at this drink detailing in downtown. Kumar's constant attention to detail in each of her cocktails has made the drinks at Neptune's as much of a hit as the video games and the late night dance parties that have become staples of the underground den. As Fall arrives, Kumar has crafted a new cocktail menu (which includes an autumnal sagria, honeycrisp apples and pickled figs) to usher in the chilly weather. (See full cocktail menu below)

Through talking with Kumar about her new drinks selection for the underground, we were able to talk a bit more about the street level venture that she has also been carefully crafting. We've talked a lot about The Garland in the past and have been waiting for the restuarant to fill the spot left vacant by the previous tenant Martin Street Pizza, which kinda had a bit of a meltdown. The crew are close to applying for building permits to do renovations to the dining room and the exterior of the building. 

Kumar told New Raleigh that The Garland will "have a heavy Indian lean (but not exclusively Indian)" and will focus on "North Carolina, seasonal ingredients". The first phase will feature a walk-up window with portable eats and will be open late nights. The dining room and outdoor seating will follow shortly thereafter. It's exciting to see an Indian-inspired restaurant coming to the downtown grid (a gap that needs filling, even if Mantra did just open over off Glenwood South). As well, it's great to see a restaurant think outside of the Downtown Raleigh box and serve food through a sidewalk window as well as in a dining room. If only we could get a few more of these (pizza please?) in downtown. 

Below is the new Fall drink menu down at Neptune's Parlour. All drinks are $8 except the beer based Golden Monkey which is $5.

Thyme Traveller

Captain Applejack, Knob Creek bourbon, thyme syrup, Carpano Antica vermouth, orange bitters, Absinthe, Honeycrisp apple chip.

Fig Pucker
Hayman’s Old Tom Gin, Tito’s vodka, Aperol, lemon, pickled fig and its brine

Elephant Gun
El Dorado 3 yr light rum, El Dorado 12 yr, Goslings dark, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, grapefruit, Orgeat, Demerera sugar

Neptunes’ Sizzurp
Sandeman’s Port, Hennessy Cognac, orange, egg white... basically an autumnal sangria

Return of King Nong
Plymouth gin, juice of local Scuppernongs, St. Germain, lemon, club soda

Chillin’ Brazilian
Leblon Cachaca, muddled grape tomatoes, lime, hot pepper and sugarcane syrup

Golden Monkey
Mother Earth Endless River Kolsch, Dolin red vermouth, lemon, Sidral Mundet apple soda, brandied cherry. On the rocks


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  • Jenna
    10/03 08:42 PM

    There can never be too much Indian food—particularly if the walk-up window will offer delcious handheld snacks like samosas and pakoras. Can’t wait to try this!

  • sally
    10/04 10:05 AM

    I know, Jenna. Imagine walking up and getting a bag of pakora?!

  • ben
    10/04 03:06 PM

    Will they have a portajon next to the window for when Gandhi’s Revenge hits me on the sidewalk?

  • Synaesthete
    10/04 05:15 PM

    More beer cocktails!

  • VaBoy
    10/05 11:40 AM

    Thanks for this post. I live outside of Richmond but I have family in Raleigh, I try to keep up through NR.  I love stopping by Neptunes. Always interesting, very well made and delicious drinks. The quality drinks with the unpretentious atmosphere is much appreciated. I might have even danced once too. Future restaurant??? Even better!!

  • Mike R
    10/05 01:42 PM

    Can’t wait for the Garland. Go Cheetie!

  • Tony Woodard
    10/05 02:27 PM

    I am excited about the Garland and look forward to an Indian(ish option in downtown.

    One thing Raleigh needs more of is pizza and burgers. /sarcasm

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