Booze Bulletin

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LE BOUDOIR: Last week, the team behind beloved neighborhood French restaurant Chez Moi in Brooklyn Heights, opened Le Boudoir, an underground Rococo-style 75-seat bar inspired by Marie Antoinette. Beverage Director Franky Marshall (formerly of Monkey Bar and The Dead Rabbit) has created a cocktail menu with imaginative takes on classics as well as unique signature offerings, which showcase unexpected spirits and liqueurs. All cocktails have been named as an homage to Antoinette like the Dauphin (Absinthe, Chile Liqueur, Almond Milk, Coconut, and Cacao Nibs). Additionally, guests can order Les Petits Pleasures like Croquettes with Truffled Mushrooms and Country Pâté with Cornichons. View venue details...

SYNDICATED: Last weekend a new dining and entertainment venue opened in Brooklyn’s burgeoning Bushwick neighborhood. Part restaurant, part bar and part independent movie theater, Syndicated is the brainchild of Managing Partner Tim Chung, a former film location scout and lifelong movie buff. Syndicated combines a 50-seat theater with a 70-seat dining room, offering food at both. Savor New American comfort cuisine, a variety of gourmet popcorn flavors, and craft cocktails from the comfort of your seat as you watch classics and indies in the theater attached to the main dining room. Bar manager Kenneth Vanhooser, of Piora, has created a cocktail menu inspired by classics and take their names from the world of film. Sip a Steve McQueen (Bulleit Rye, snap liqueur, carpano antica, dolindry vermouth and whiskey barrel aged bitters) and peruse their large selection of local craft beers. View venue details...

VANDAL: TAO Group founders Marc Packer and Rich Wolf, along with Chef/Owner Chris Santos (of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social) open VANDAL, a bi-level restaurant, bar and lounge which showcases the work of world-renowned street artists alongside globally inspired street food from destinations as varied as Peru, Vietnam and Barcelona. The design is plush yet gritty, secretive yet exposed, paying homage to the Bowery’s rich history with murals, sculptures, posters, and installations. The main floor boasts three dining rooms and down below is the lounge where the dancing happens. The diverse cuisine, cocktail, and wine menus are all internationally inspired. The drinks are broken down into three categories: Sweet (think easy-drinking spins on classics), Savory (notes of vegetal and spice), and Barrel-Aged (spirit-forward cocktails which have been blended and aged in whiskey barrels for weeks). Spice up the night in this whimsical labyrinth with a Las Palmitas (Thai-spiced Illegal Mezcal, lemon nectar, Thai basil, grapefruit bitters, Schöfferhoffer grapefruit beer). View venue details…


NOT YOUR BASIC BRUNCH at BOUNCE SPORTING CLUB: This weekendthe premiere upscale sports bar launches NOT YOUR BASIC BRUNCH. Executive chef Sean Olnowich’s menu is filled with innovative twists on brunch favorites, like Cornflake Crusted Rum-Soaked French Toast (cinnamon sugar, maples syrup, and berries) and Beer Braised Short Rib Hash (sunny egg, yukon potatoes, sweet onion, fine herbs). The most un-basic stand out is the Notorious B.R.G, made with triple Lafrieda classic patties, Banana Jameson soaked French Toast ‘bun,’ NYS sharp cheddar, maple soaked pork belly, truffle cheese hash brown and pickled hollandaise which has all been specifically designed to cure even the most monster hangover. Wash down the mouth-watering not quite breakfast, but not yet lunch delights with brunch cocktails, including Mimosas, Screwdrivers and classic Bloody Maries, or go big with the MVP of the cocktail menu: Bounce’s Hail Mary, created by Head Mixologist Spencer Elliott. This masterpiece is made with tomato juice, Tabasco Sauce, horseradish, lemon juice, the spirit of your choice and garnished with ALL the Bounce Bites favorites including a Fried Mac & Cheese Bar, BSC Slider, Pig in a Pretzel, Fried Chicken Strip as well as bacon, celery and pepperoncini. Bounce Sporting Club’s new brunch party will get going every Saturday from 1pm to 5pm.
They'll kick it off this Saturday with a #BieberBrunchparty. Pay tribute to Justin Bieber’s birthday year (1994) with all you can drink champagne based cocktails (mimosas/belinis) for just $19.94. View venue details...

KOA’S SAKE SHOT BAR: The Japanese noodle and Asian-specialty restaurant in the Flatiron District has just opened a Sake Shot Bar serving hot and cold sake shots for $4 each.  The bar is open Monday through Friday from noon to 10:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11:30am until 10:30pm. Located just inside the restaurant’s front door, people can grab a shot and head on their way, or stay and enjoy a bowl of ramen in one of KOA’s cozy booths. Tended by a bartender dressed in a Kimono, guests can try Gekkeikan sake, including:
-Black & Gold: A full-bodied sake with hints of honeydew, papaya, anise and roasted nuts. It is well balanced, finishes long and smooth, and is a great sipping sake.
-Horin: A mild sake with a fruity aroma and delicate notes of over-ripe cantaloupe, honeydew and honeysuckle. It is round and smooth on the palate, with a medium, creamy body, and it finishes long and smooth, with a hint of pear.
*Lychee, Cosmo and Mango flavors can be added to the sake. 

GERMAN BEERS & GLÜHWEIN at SCHALLER’S STUBE SAUSAGE BAR: Beginning this Friday, Schaller’s Stube Sausage Bar will serve authentic German beers. Wash down your favorite quality wursts, pretzels, and fried chicken with 12 -ounce beers for only $5.  For wine drinkers, Chef Alex Melnichenko makes the popular Glühwein (roughly translated as “glow-wine”) for $12, a hot mulled wine that is popular in German-speaking countries during the winter.  
Featured beers are:
-Reissdorf Kölsch (4.8% ABV) from Cologne, Germany: This signature lager style is a hybrid between Lager and Ale brewing styles, giving it a crisp, pleasant, full-bodied, with a uniquely light and sweet taste.
-Krombacher Pilsner (4.8% ABV) from Krombach, Germany: This genuine, premium pilsner beer has a full-flavored aroma and a distinctive, finely bitter taste, which is characterized by the pure Felsquellwasser (mountain spring water) it is brewed with. 
-Krombacher Dark (4.3% ABV) from Krombach, Germany: This rich and complex Dark Pilsner has an outstanding depth of flavor from the different high roasted malts used in the brewing process. For a full-bodied beer, the taste is moderately bitter, lightly hopped, and rich in malt – leading to a well-balanced character with a full-flavored, intense finish with warm aromas.

NEW MENU at MONTANA’S TRAIL HOUSE: Just in time for winter’s first snow, this American restaurant and bar in Bushwick introduces their winter cocktail menu. It’s served cold, but the Blizzard Beast (Bourbon, Chilled house mulled wine, Demerara, Orange, Lime juice, and garnished with a skewered cherry and lime wedge) is sure to warm you up. Or booze on some bait with the Street Shark (Owney’s Rum, Tamarind Cordial, House Winter Spice Syrup, Lime, Brooklyn Hemispherical Rhubarb shaken) finished with a (fake) shark head biting a Swedish Fish. View the new booze menu…

FREE STREAMING from SAILOR JERRY: January is primetime for streaming the season’s most talked about shows and movies. January 14th would have been Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins’ 105th birthday, so to celebrate Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum is giving the present of free streaming of the “Hori Smoku” documentary for the entire month of January.
“Hori Smoku” is a feature length documentary exploring the roots of American tattooing through the life of its most iconoclastic figure, Norman Collins. The film showcases rare interviews from Collins’ protégées, Don Ed Hardy and Mike Malone, features archival footage of the birth of tattooing as we know it, and explores the evolution of the global tattooing phenomenon. CLICK HERE to stream the documentary for free...

(Photos from left: Hail Mary at Bounce; Syndicated Interior by Michael Tulipan; The Axel at Le Boudoir)

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