The large square bar at Abattoir is a lovely place to hang out and eat, and it's the well-tended territory of barkeep BRIAN STANGER. Stanger's genius is in the variety of his recipes — he can make a spot-on, manly rye-based drink, yet can turn around and do fruity like a champ. Summer's Watermelon Pisco married crushed watermelon with the Peruvian grape-based liquor for a boozy, fruity slush. The Westside Companion is a grapefruity dream with a wicked grown-up sensibility that the whole neighborhood ought to rally around. Order from the short (but soon to be expanded) cocktail menu, or just tell Stanger what you're in the mood for — he's a wiz at on-the-spot libation creation. 1170 Howell Mill Road. 404-892-3335. www.starprovisions.com.
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