Manresa reopened last Wednesday to unveil their brand new dining room, bar, and cocktail lounge, as well as a reconfigured and much grander entrance over to the side of the building. Sterry Architecture and Sunny Hills Studio did the redesign, and now guests can come, reservationless, and enjoy just a drink in the central lounge area with a small stand-up bar. The renovation also adds a sleek new dining room in back where the porch once was, but this won't make it any easier to get a reservation on a weekend the room only replaces the seats lost in creating the bar and lounge space. Wine director Jeff Bareilles worked with executive chef-owner David Kinch to craft a cocktail menu that's an extension of Manresa's marriage with Love Apple Farm, with a changing array of cocktails both new creations and twists on classics that will be driven first by seasonal fruit and herbs, with spirit choices meant to complement each fresh flavor, rather than the other way around.
See the full cocktail menu below, and check out our slideshow of the new entrance and interior, shot during a preview event last night.
Manresa Cocktail List
La Diablada Pisco / Yellow Chartreuse V.E.P / Rhubarb Consommé / Ginger
Los Azulejos Silver Tequila / St. Germain Elderflower / Hibiscus / Cynar
Hendricks Gin / Tonic / Green Chartreuse V.E.P / Love Apple Cucumber / Love Apple Shiso / Aloe
Calvadoon 13yr Apple and Pear Brandy / Black Tea / Lemon
Santa Cruz 75
Osocalis Brandy / Lemon / Love Apple Farm Honey / Diebolt-Vallois Blanc de Blanc Brut Champagne
Hanger One "Straight" / Cointreau / Japanese Plum Wine / Lemon
Aviation Gin / Lemon / Luxardo Maraschino / Crème Yvette / True Maraschino Cherry
Blade Gin / Campari / Carpano Antica Formula
Manresa - 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos - 408.354.4330 - Cocktail lounge now open at 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Dinner reservations here.
Earlier: Manresa’s Renovation, Complete With Cocktail Bar, Due in June