The atmosphere of Tavern Law itself is dark and comfortable. It feels like an old library, and there is an immediate feel of secrecy…or more accurately, that something special has been uncovered. The drink list is extensive; it took us a good ten minutes to even wrap our heads around what we even felt like drinking, as everything sounded sort of captivating. We were pleasantly surprised to have finally found a place where classic cocktails and time-honored preparation and techniques were celebrated. A friend of ours and one of our company had stated that he had been there before and we needed to go upstairs; we had read about this so knew it existed but we still think that unless we knew, it would be hard to tell, as it is successfully and purposefully hidden. A phone hangs next to an entryway that looks like the door to an old safe. If one prefers to enter, they must pick up the phone and essentially make a reservation. We did this and surprisingly were ushered up about half an hour later, which seems rare (it is possible to make reservations ahead of time). The atmosphere of the upstairs, apparently called Needle + Thread, is entirely different. Everything is adorned in some way or another, whether it’s in ivory cloth, ancient embellishments, gold, or intricate glass details. There is not a square inch of the small room that looked like it was from present day. It is not possible to order a drink from a menu here. A server takes orders based on preferred liquors and flavors, and brings a suitable beverage based on the flavor profiles provided. It’s a lot more fun this way, and again, a very classic method really, and still a bit mysterious. This would be a great small party spot for a special celebration.