If you walk past the coffee shop on the first floor of Au Cheval, then go down the stairs, you’ll see a closed door with an ominous red tint coming through the little window. This is Au Cheval’s bar, and for some reason, it doesn’t get very busy. It's a great place to spend the inevitable wait for your table - just know that it’s incredibly dark down here (like won’t-be-able-to-read-the-menu dark), and the cocktails are mostly $18. They also serve some really good fries and other snacks.
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