Left Door is exactly the cocktail bar the marina deserves

Climbing the L-shaped staircase, you'll never know you're above a room full of young adults in Giants jerseys sipping Bud Light. The space is dark, quiet, and decorated in the style of star designer Ken Fulk: floral wallpaper in rich jewel tones, layers of Persian-style rugs, and low tables crowded with couples holding cocktail glasses. On weekends, you'll probably need to make a reservation, but on a weekday, we had no problem just walking in and grabbing a few seats at the bar.

The cocktail menu is mostly limited to classics, each given a slight twist: think a mezcal Negroni, a clarified Pina Colada and a delicious vegetal Gimlet with wasabi and celery. For martini lovers, there's an entire section dedicated to all variations, from the Vesper to the Gibson. The Dirty Martini will please anyone who, like me, wants a sea-flavored cocktail. It's wonderfully salty and made with gin infused with Monterey seaweed, olive juice and a brine of Hog Island sea salt.

But it's the extras that make Left Door so incredibly luxurious. You can, for example, order a pair of blue cheese-stuffed olives for $2 (ideally they'd be free, but I'll take what I can get) or a portion of house-made potato chips for $5. Or if you really want to splurge, try a glass of Dom Perignon ($80). There's food too, including a 4-ounce piece of A5 Wagyu ($85) and a full caviar service that starts at $80—though you can treat yourself to a single caviar for just $8.

When the day calls for cold beer and a game on TV, nothing beats Bus Stop. But when you're ready to upgrade to ice-cold martinis and a quiet space ideal for good conversation, venture upstairs. Left Door is ready to deliver.

💰Dirty Martini ($20)
📍Left door, 1905 Union St., Union Street