February 2014

Third Rail Offers Tasty Cocktails

Amber Hawkins

Third Rail is Dogpatch’s latest cocktail hot spot, opening on 20th Street, close to the Third Street intersection, late last year, in a location that formerly housed Retox bar. With 28 years of experience in the industry, owner Jeff Lyon has developed a menu which boasts unique cocktails, with nine different types of jerky available for munching. “Cowboy Jerky” is doused with pineapple juice, onion and jalapeno; Landjager, on offer for $2.50 each, is made from pork, beef, cane sugar, and mustard seed.

Upon walking into the dimly lit interior, it’s hard to miss the large 20th Century clock, which used to be part of a French train station, and helps contribute to a midcentury-modern vibe. Third Rail’s cocktails are inspired by imaginative combinations of various herbs and fruits, such as pear and absinthe. “I also like to offer stylistic variety, which inspired the four-section menu” Lyon said. “People can choose from boozy spirit-driven cocktails, light, refreshing low-proof drinks, seasonal drinks or tart, citrus-driven drinks”.

 It can be tough to infiltrate tightknit Dogpatch, but Lyons said that the neighborhood has quickly embraced Third Rail. “The residents are very protective and proud of their turf, but so far everyone seems very excited about what we’re doing”.

 Lyon’s favorite cocktail is the Spotlight, which includes manzanilla sherry, pear eau de vie, ginger liqueur and celery bitters. “It’s a weird combination of flavors that comes across almost savory. It’s not for everyone, but those who like it, love it!”

The bar’s three most popular drinks are the Third Rail — buffalo trace bourbon, Lillet, honey, lemon, orange bitters — Double Date — date infused rye, George Dickel whiskey, sweet vermouth, Amaro, cinnamon bitters—and Fireside Sour; mescal, Cara Cara, lemon, agave, egg white, orange bitters.

“Yeah, we have fancy ice and we’re shiny and new, but at our core we’re just a regular bar offering tasty things,” said Lyons.

 Third Rail is open seven days a week, 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.


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