Small, casual spot in the Short North that sells mead and other locally-produced drinks.

You can see the mead being fermented through a window.

Brothers Drake

I had heard of mead before, but was never really sure what it was. To me, it was some midieval drink that I'd read about in books. In short, it's honey wine. It's also much better than I thought it would be. I visited their spot in the Short North at 26 E. Fifth Ave. for happy hour last Thursday. The place is small, but there are plenty of barstools, tables and some outside seating on the patio. It's has a relaxed atmosphere and I love the simple design aesthetics. Don't like wine or vodka? No worries, they also sell craft beers. Their happy hour prices are pretty cheap-half off most drinks and $2 drafts.

When it comes to choosing what to have, they pretty much let you try whatever you want. I decided to go with the Bergamot Blue-it's made with Scarlet Bee Balm from Jorgensen's Organic Farm and blueberries from Mansfield. I find there's nothing better than locally-sourced products! The Bergamot Blue has a little bit of a sweet taste to it. I also tried some other Brothers Drake flavors at the Celebrate Local store at Easton last night during my visit to Fashion's Night Out. I tried the Honey Oak and Hopped Traditional. My first choice, Bergamot Blue, is still my favorite.

If you like music, be sure to see if they're having bands in advance. They have a small stage and hosted the Devil Doves and The Brothers during my visit. The Devil Doves is an acoustic duo that plays a wide variety of music-it's the first time I've ever heard anyone attempt an acoustic version of a Beastie Boys song. The Brothers play mainly country songs, which I'm not that into, but I always love live music and these two are very talented. Really loved their trucker hats including ones with "Merle" and "Cash" on them. Check out these bands when you get a chance.

If you're looking for a casual, relaxed night out, check out Brothers Drake. For more information, visit

A glass of Bergamot Blue.