Prudence Uncorked is now closed
Dear Prudence--Happy Hour Uncorked
It was a dark and dreary rainy night--perfect for a happy hour meet up at a new, promising location--and to meet a new Salemite. I tweeted Monday's destination and start time in hopes of enticing some new dames to join us. One is good, but filling the bar? That would be priceless! You can send your email address to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be added to the contact list.
I first heard about Prudence Uncorked during a breakfast earlier this year. Since then I began to watch for signs of Pru's opening. Finally, a few weeks ago, N and I noticed clean-up activity inside the restaurant on a late night walk to the Pringle parking garage. The two of us checked their door for hours and menu--no mention of happy hour. No mention on their website either, but there was an email address. The contact (Lenny) emailed back, "We have happy hour 4:30-6:00 pm and 8:00pm to close. We are open Monday-Saturday." Good news!
I was thrilled to be able to park in the Pringle Parkade--avoiding the precipitation. I'd had enough cold, wet, rainy walks at work that day. My only complaint (aimed at myself) was parking on the south side, instead of the north. Exercise is a good thing, right? I walked in to Prudence Uncorked at 5 PM. Both the dining area and bar were empty (except for the crew), BUT Pru is new and it was a Monday. The bartender greeted me as I perched on a stool at the bar. Ah! Another bartender ready to offer suggestions and make recommendations--reminded me of visits to both DaVinci's and La Capitale.
I browsed the happy hour menu drink and food choices, trying to decide whether to wait for my comadres or not. After talking to the bartender about my preferences, he suggested 2 cocktail possibilities. I ordered one of the two, the Maker's Ginger--a nice balance of whiskey and ginger. Rebekah arrived and suggested we move to one of the small tables near the bar. After talking to the bartender, she ordered a cilantro, cucumber gin combination. Rachel arrived at about the same time as Rebekah's drink. She ordered a margarita.
The bartender brought us a basket with 4 pieces of complimentary bread, saucers and a shaker bottle of olive oil. The texture of the tender and slightly sweet bread reminded me more of a cake than a yeast bread. I ordered an appetizer named Cross My Havarti and Hope to Pesto--hand breaded fried havarti cheese with
pesto and romesco sauce $7. Which (I'm sure) was horribly unhealthy, but the crisp outer coating and melty goodness inside were delicious. Rebekah ordered Teeny Crostini-little toasts with caramelized onion cheese spread and Fuji apples $8. I apologize for not photographing Rachel's This Little Figgy--black mission figs, prosciutto, blue cheese, and balsamic reduction $8. Since we had the time and were enjoying each other's company, the 3 of us each ordered a second cocktail. We continued our conversation while engaging in people watching (and eavesdropping) as a group began to gather in the adjacent banquet room for a party.
Another local high end choice for Salem happy hour aficionados and diners!
Happy Hour 4:30-6:00 pm and 8:00pm to close.
325 High St. SE
Pringle Park Plaza
Salem, OR 97301