Intoxicology: A Sleek, Modern Specialty Cocktail Shop in The Grove
For those looking to master cocktail craftsmanship at home, visiting this education-focused shop in The Grove is a must. Its wares include liquor, of course—it specializes in artisan spirits—but that’s just the start. From barware to books to hands-on classes, Intoxicology offers a one-stop shop for everything bar-related.
By definition, every cocktail includes a base spirit and modifiers that support the base and add smoothness, complexity and balance. Not only does Intoxicology stock all of the essential cocktail components, its owners will teach you the basic recipes for using them—ensuring that at-home mixologists avoid the pitfalls of trial and error. Both tasting and hands-on classes are offered, and the shop also features a different cocktail recipe each month, with free samples on Saturday afternoons.
Next come all the tools for stirring, shaking, muddling, mixing, measuring and—last but not least—enjoying via its vintage glassware collection. And don’t forget the accessories, from ice picks to aprons. Not sure what’s the essential next step for your home bar setup and what’s fun but optional? Intoxicology’s experts will be happy to help you sort it out.
While you’re in the neighborhood …
4180 Manchester Ave.
Crimson Serpents Outpost
Below the 1940s-era neon Melroys sign, find handmade leather goods and clothing, such as high-end selvedge denim brands from Japan and America.
4254 Manchester Ave.
4300 Manchester Ave.
Images courtesy of Carmen Troesser.