This week’s restaurant news

by Jerry Miller, Publisher

Fill 'er up! Nick Crutchfield, of Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar, has been working on an impressive cocktail menu.Photo: John RobinsonNick Crutchfield may not hail from Charlottesville originally (Tidewater is his home), but he’s no stranger to these parts. Best bartender in C-VILLE’s 2012 Best of readers’ poll, you’ll find him shakin’ things up at Commonwealth Restaurant & Skybar. Lately, he’s been working on an inventive new cocktail menu (64 drinks total!) that rivals any major metropolitan city. Each section is described by a type of cocktail and is based on body, alcohol, beer pairings, and modern versus classic. His favorite category is Friends & Family (which borrows drink recipes from bartenders across the country) and includes the WMF (Whisky Mango Foxtrot). The menu also covers Classics, Reimagined, Lighter Tipples, Drinks of the Moment, and Forgotten Elixers. Those who conquer the entire list (just not in one night!) will enjoy dinner on the house. Stay tuned for a new bar menu featuring smaller bites to nosh, so as not to get too tippled.

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