Since Food & Wine magazine's website recently named one of the 50 Best Bars in America, and feeling it would be a public service to let readers know more about this establishment, I asked bartender Miles Macquarrie to show me how he mixes one of the restaurant's cocktails.
He chose a Seelbach, a colorful drink named after the hotel in Louisville, Ky., where it was invented.
"Rumor has it that [F. Scott] Fitzgerald drank this while writing 'The Great Gatsby,' " Miles said as he pulled together the ingredients.
The Seelbach is one of the staples on Leon's drink menu, but it's also a good holiday drink. The red coloring helps, plus it's got champagne in it.
"Anybody can enjoy this drink who enjoys the elegance of champagne or bourbon," Miles said. "A Southern gentleman would like this drink."
The ingredients are Jaqueline Blanc de Blancs champagne, Angostura bitters, Peychaud's bitters, Cointreau and Wathen's single-barrel bourbon.
These are not exotic, he said, so many people should be able to mix this drink at home.
Look at the sequential photos attached to this article to see how Miles does it.
But I have to admit, it's a lot more fun to watch Miles do the mixing while sitting at the bar watching pedestrians move up and down Ponce.
Consumer alert: This drink packs a punch, so it's probably not a good idea to research court records after consumption, as I did.