When you open the nondescript industrial door to this new Bushwick spot from alums of Maison Premiere and The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Company in Philadelphia, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. Instead of the usual sedate dark-wood drinking salon, you’ll find a retro-futuristic, low-light neon bar that would be comfortable in a Blade Runner reboot. But this is no haphazardly constructed man cave. The Danny Taylor–designed sound system is top of the line, and the drinks (both classic and original) are serious well-made concoctions. The bar, for now at least, tries to reveal only small bits of the something-to-see-everywhere space in its images and on Instagram, the goal being to provide some wonder to every first-timer.
THE DRINK TO DRINK: The menu of 15 to 20 drinks changes frequently, but grab from the more experimental menu sections like “When the Kite String Pops” and “Generation Ship.” The Negative Space is a wildly aromatic mix of Suze liqueur, cacao liqueurs, lemon juice, an absinthe rinse and orange flower.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Digital menus are updated instantly both in the bar and on the website, so if a new drink appears or a keg taps out, you’ll know even before you arrive. DJs aren’t spinning behind the classic booth every night yet, but there’s always someone on the 1s and 2s Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.