The front of Bardenay on the Basque Block is an optical illusion. The patio fronts doors that give no indication of the cavernous interior. Inside, a cacophony of voices clamors against the sound of plates, glasses and silverware as business folk conduct meetings or friends gather after work over delicious satays or savory black bean and sweet potato chimichangas washed down with a Caribbean Cassis martini or classic gin martini made with spirits from the in-house distillery. But if we worked there, we would look forward to the moment when the last patron stumbled out. We'd lock the doors, pour a glass of Stella Artois or mix up a mojito and yell a favorite word or phrase into the high, huge space and count how many ghostly echoes we received.
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