When Monica Berg and Alex Kratena launched Tayēr + Elementary in 2019, it felt like a glimpse into the future. Every element of the cocktail bar had been reimagined, from the design to the approach to service and drinks making. It’s a venue of two parts. Elementary is the industrially styled street-side space, the everyday bar you pop into for a quick drink, with a long communal table and seasonal cocktails served from taps, or the equally at-home own-label wine and beer. Here you’ll find the signature One Sip Martini and a rotating menu of seasonal spins on classics. They are simple serves, without affectation, served in uniform glasses that put the emphasis on the liquid.
At Tayēr, through the partition, there’s more of a forensic, culinary approach, with lesser-known ingredients wrought by high-tech equipment to deliver new flavour experiences. With recipes changing daily, this is the liquid equivalent to fine dining, though with none of the pretence. The only thing that’s fussy is the bar’s dedication to flavour.