Rolling Still opens craft cocktail lounge in downtown Taos

By Jesse Moya jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 4/10/19

Owners of Taos' new distillery are ready to open their doors to the public Thursday (April 11) to give the community a new craft cocktail experience.Owners and partners …

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Rolling Still opens craft cocktail lounge in downtown Taos

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Owners of Taos' new distillery are ready to open their doors to the public Thursday (April 11) to give the community a new craft cocktail experience.

Owners and partners of Rolling Still Bros. announced their opening after their April 5 invitational soft launch was deemed a success. The new lounge near Taos Plaza will be serving craft cocktails and snacks for customers looking for a new light on the late-night scene.

"It's not a bar," said partner Dan Irion. "It really feels like a living room."

Saturday's soft opening brought together movers and shakers, town officials and business owners for an evening that may soon be repeated by those looking for a change in how they go about their nightlife. A standing room only crowd walked through the building holding their glasses high and wondering, "Which one did you get?" or "I think I want to try this one."

Several Rolling Still cocktails were mixed up for guests as a preview of the location's menu. Along with the drinks, Rolling Still will be serving up fresh ambiance with the lounge as the owners, Liza Barrett and Nicole Barady, designed nearly everything on the inside to make it as comfortable as possible.

"[The others] were very generous and let us basically call the shots," Barrett said, laughing.

According to the owners, the house was redesigned to fit the likes and comforts of the female audience with nearly every seat including a fixture to hang a purse on. Rolling Still owners were quick also to say that the new lounge is not just for the ladies, and gentlemen should feel welcome as well.

"We're excited to bring this new experience to Taos," Barrett said.

With three separate rooms in a historic Taos home, customers will be able to sit and enjoy fine drinks with locally sourced ingredients.

Rolling Still opened in 2018 as a craft distiller in Taos and has been working on their menu of vodka for some time. Infusing their drinks with New Mexico flavors like piñon and red chile, they are trying to keep the experience as local as possible.

According to Irion, the lounge was not initially in the plans for the business but when the opportunity to open up downtown appeared, the crew said they had to take it.

"The foot traffic was really important this close to the plaza," Barrett said.

With the opening of the lounge, Rolling Still created 11 local jobs and said there are more plans for expansion down the road for the distillery.

Barrett, Barady, along with partners Irion and Scott Barady, will host their opening day starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday (April 11). The public is then welcome to enjoy their products and can even purchase a bottle of their craft vodka at the lounge location.

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