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Bellocq, the Cocktail "Prequel" 

  Tamarind's bar isn't the only place to find cocktails in the Hotel Modern. Pass from the hotel's lobby through a partially sheltered courtyard and you'll find Bellocq, a new lounge from the same crew who run the Uptown craft cocktail spot Cure (4905 Freret St., 302-2357;

  If the precisely crafted drinks at Cure channel the golden age of cocktails, the drinks at Bellocq are their prequel. The specialties are drinks that pre-date the modern cocktail, especially cobblers, an archival mixed drink popular in the 19th century, made from various combinations of wine, liquor or liqueurs with fruit, herbs and other additions.

  "Without being medieval times about it, we're trying to return some of the old drinking categories and styles," says mixologist Kirk Estopinal.

  The bar stocks many types of port, sherry and Madeira, but customers also can order modern cocktails and more conventional drinks at Bellocq. The beer selection also has a twist. Bellocq specializes in hard-to-find, large-format beers and serves them by the pour in the manner of wines by the glass. The point is to give people a way to sample different beers normally available only by ordering a large bottle. Bellocq also serves a bar menu created by Macquet and prepared in Tamarind's kitchen.

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