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Subterranean Music Spot Sotto Gets More Intimate

The 14th Street jazz bar just got a refresh

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Mindful Restaurant Group has switched things up at Sotto, the restaurant and live music venue tucked beneath sibling establishment Ghibelllina, redoing the dining room to better replicate the experience of slinking into an old school jazz club.

The long communal tables that previously occupied the now two-year-old restaurant have been replaced with more intimate two- and four-tops. Roomy corner booths remain to accommodate larger parties as well as those who wish to camp out on nights when musical acts take center stage. Live shows typically start at 7:30pm during the week with two performances on Saturday, an early 6:30 p.m. show and a later 10 p.m.

Chefs Matt Heimbauer and Daniel Hlusak have also refreshed the menu, rolling out seasonal additions including charred spring onions with romesco and ximenez vinegar, as well as grilled head-on prawns with harissa and lemon (see full menu below). New barrel-aged cocktails include a Vieux Carre, while limited-release V.E.P Chartreuse (Vieillissement Exceptionnellement Prolongé) is now available behind the bar.


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