A “NEAT” SPOT
By Hannah Neville
NEAT Bottle Shop has become known for their creative selection of drinks and appetizers. Inside the space there are three different rooms. One room features a retail shop where you can buy bottles of wine, high end spirits, beer, bar tools and gift items, while another room contains a bar where you can walk in and order one of their specialty drinks. The last room is for those sitting down and dining in.
NEAT features a menu that is perfect for a cozy, casual evening and is designed to have a relaxed atmosphere for customers and visitors alike.
NEAT’s drink menu is very unique; they feature a set of five monthly cocktails, and each month offer a new selection of drinks. The menu also features a variety of snacks, shareable plates, meats, cheeses, and sweets.
Delighted with the atmosphere and the selections of drinks, Chase (my fiancé) and I took our seats. As someone who enjoys vodka and tequila equally, I was torn between ordering “The Black Kat” (a tequila drink) and “Love Potion #9” (a vodka drink). I finally decided on “The Black Cat,” and I was not disappointed. The tequila paired well with the tang of the grapefruit and lime, and the activated charcoal turned the drink dark in color. Very cool!
Chase is a big whiskey drinker, so his eyes immediately went to the “Tangerine & Rosemary” cocktail. I am not a fan of whiskey, but I took a sip, and loved it! The tangerine and honey with a hint of rosemary really made for a vibrant beverage, and one I would recommend – even if you don’t like whiskey!
For a snack before we hit the 30A Wine Fest, Chase and I were brought a charcuterie board. The board featured raw honey comb, mustard seed, house pickled cucumber, Green Hill cheese, Asher blue cheese, La Quercia Berkshire prosciutto, freshly sliced strawberries, and blueberry and orange jams. Though the combination may seem strange to some, when tasted, the marriage of flavors was out of this world. There was not a thing on the board that either of us disliked. I would definitely recommend the charcuterie board.
Overall, NEAT Bottle Shop is a beautiful space that has a relaxing atmosphere, delicious food, and amazing drinks. “NEAT” is a fantastic little spot for anyone who is looking to hangout, order a few drinks, and have a good time.
NEAT is located off of highway 30A in Alys Beach. For more information, please call (310) 881-7081 or www.neat.la