When Comal opened up a year ago, there was a lot of excitement surrounding the bar program from the Bon Vivants, Scott Baird and Josh Harris. As opening delays for Trick Dog pushed along, it was a good place for the bar consultants to showcase some of the skills. Now that the duo is no longer directly involved with the program, it seemed like a good time to return to the downtown Berkeley spot to see how bar manager Matthew Campbell evolved the program.
While six of the original opening cocktails are still on the menu, all the favorites from both the staff and customers, there are now four rotating slots that Campbell says reflect more of a seasonal approach. These selections change four or five times a year, but the current selection we sampled was impressive.