Post Office, a new American-spirits-focused bar with old-fashioned charm, could make a whiskey lover out of anyone. At this new Williamsburg spot, owner Alla Lapushchik, a former partner at The Bourgeois Pig and one of the founders of Death & Company, has gathered more than 40 types of the beloved liquor—many from exceptional small-scale distilleries across the country—and her list continues to grow.
Named for a Charles Bukowski novel, the bar’s devotion to Americana comes through not only in its drink menu but also in its atmosphere. On a recent evening, classics from crooners like The Drifters and Frankie Valli gave the bar a retro American soundtrack. Warm candlelight flickered across eagle-patterned wallpaper, and rustic salvaged wood, from Build It Green! NYC, covered the adjacent walls. Lights fashioned from decorative whiskey decanters hung over a lovely vintage-looking bar, which was lined with abundant, weathered stools, and cafe-style tables near the windows were furnished with cushioned armchairs in which to relax and sip any number of sensational whiskeys.
Post Office caters to the resurgence of interest in American spirits, and its elaborate and extensive drink menu describes the subtleties and flavor of each liquor in detail. Offering whiskeys ranging in price from $4 to $15 for hefty pours, the list includes old Kentucky favorites like Early Times ($5) and Maker’s Mark ($8). But the real stars here are the small-batch spirits like Noah’s Mill bourbon (Kentucky, $11), High West Rendezvous Rye (Utah, $10) and St. George Single Malt whiskey (California, $10).
For those who aren’t bold enough to take it neat or on the rocks, Post Office delivers some beautifully rendered classic cocktails, including Manhattans, sours and old-fashioneds. A friendly server was happy to suggest an appropriate spirit for the old-fashioned, and the spicy, vibrant Redemption Rye ($6) was an excellent choice. The bar recently rolled out a few new cocktails, including the maraschino-flavored Fancy Free, the limey Bourbon Rickey and a classic New Orleans cocktail, the Sazerac. Lapushchik plans to lighten up the menu with crushed ice drinks, such as whiskey smashers, and variations on juleps when the weather warms.
For non-whiskey drinkers, a small selection of American red and white wines ($9 to $12) and a few craft brews on tap and in bottles ($5 to $6) from Oregon’s Peak Organic and New York breweries Captain Lawrence and Keegan Ales are available. And even if you aren’t hungry when you arrive, you soon will be. The smell of bacon wafts through the air as the chef, Sam Glinn, formerly of The Brooklyn Star and Momofuku Ssam Bar, concocts with gusto rich foods that go down well with whiskey. And this made it impossible to resist sampling the deliciously crisp (on the outside) and gooey (on the inside) grilled cheese sandwich (which is available with or without bacon) for $7. Glinn’s menu of sandwiches, soups and snacks included oysters with shallot vinegar mignonette at $2 each and a chicken liver bacon sandwich on a baguette ($8).
For all those whose eyes light up at the thought of a bar dedicated to whiskey, Post Office will feel like heaven. And for anyone looking to acquire a taste for this quintessential American spirit, Post Office will deliver the goods and make you understand why whiskey drinkers swear by it.
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188 Havemeyer St., (betw. S. 3rd & S. 4th Sts.), Brooklyn,