May 11, 2018
Matthias Merges (the man behind the hugely successful Yusho) has named his new cocktail bar after the evangelist, Billy Sunday, whose preaching likely played a significant role in the adoption of the Eighteenth Amendment in 1919. As at its predecessor, bartender Alex Bachman oversees the drinks list. There’s a range of rare spirits on the menu including some pre-Castro rums plus a selection of era-appropriate cocktails. Against The Bliss, a tasty mix of gin, rhubarb sherbet, lemon and rose bitters, is floral but not remotely girly, while The Victorian blends Dutch gin, Fernet, amaro, Sirop de Capillaire, and wormwood bitters. All their bitters and tonics are made in house and they serve a range of kegged cocktails including rye and tonic with tequila and tonic to come. There’s an excellent selection of beers on draught, though the wine list is a little limited. The similarly short food menu is American in influence, with dishes like braised rabbit, roasted cream of wheat and various ‘things in jars’ (duck confit, smoked trout and the like). Desserts are similarly creative and we love the sound of the peanut butter and Concord grape doughnuts. It’s an attractive space with great vintage glassware to booth – and a solid addition to the neighbourhood.