Sugarvale is owned by the same folks as Dooby’s, so I expected a delightful and inventive experience. Dooby’s has a fantastic cocktail program, but I often forget in favor of the coffee. This seems to mesh both worlds. I have been in a few times, and this tiny little spot is like none other in Mount Vernon. The off Charles street basement entrance has the speakeasy of downstairs Brewer’s. Inside though, it’s a little cold – white tile floor to ceiling, metal tables, and minimal decorations.
I met a few of my friends, sat at a table and tried some drinks and snackies. I am not sure what service vibe these guys are going for. You have very knowledgeable bartenders, but they come across slightly pretentious with the dry sense of humor. It took me a little while to get used to it. I started focusing on the balanced spirit forward concoctions I was getting and soon forgot. They gave me an excellent Last Word. Food was good, but its the cocktails that outshine.