Last night I had the pleasure of attending a media dinner at Myth and Moonshine (formerly The Gin Mill) on Boston Street. As you might recall, when the bar first opened nearly a year ago, it was called Moonshine Tavern, but an establishment in Austin, TX threatened to sue if it didn't change its name. Hence, Myth and Moonshine.
But as the tavern embarks on its one-year anniversary, the moonshine selection and food quality has only improved. Plus, the owners, Shanna Cooper and Jake Millisock, announced that they are opening a dive-bar concept upstairs, complete with pool tables, live music, and loaded hot dog and baked potato stations.
"We want to further ourselves from being a restaurant and focus more on being a dive bar with really great food," says Cooper, who also explains that they are working with even more small-batch distilleries as they expand their inventory. Last night we were able to sample plenty of moonshine flavors—everything from Catdaddy (with its hints of nutmeg and vanilla) to the cinnamon-spiced St. Elmo's Fire.
The Southern-inspired food hasn't missed a beat, including cheesy grits, smoky gumbo, and delicious cinnamon hush puppies for dessert. Both the new upstairs bar opening and one-year anniversary party will take place next month.