Pawn and Co.
May 11, 2018
Everything’s for sale at Chapel Street’s Pawn and Co, which is an actual, operational pawn shop which also does double duty as a 1920s-themed bar which becomes more of a nightclub as the evening wears on. As it’s the new venture from the Big Dog creative team, Josh Lefers and Steven Wools, and the concept is suitably high if a bit thematically tangled. It’s an attractive space no doubt, with dashes of old New York, book-lined walls, magnificent old leather sofas and lots of other vintage furniture. And, as we mentioned, everything you see is for sale. If your apartment’s missing some rather alarming taxidermy, this is the place to find it. On certain nights you can even bring your own stuff to sell. And there are cocktails, Very good cocktails, tailored to the theme. Many of the most interesting are absinthe-laced, drinks like the classic Death in the Afternoon or the Chrysanthemum, a mix of Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and Dom Benedictine paired with Absenta Serpis. The Arsenic and Old Lace swaps out the pastis for a splash of the green stuff and mixes it with gin, dry vermouth and Crßme de Violette. In addition to the quality drinks and the vintage knickknacks, the place boasts a 7am licence and hosts popular weekend DJ sets. The buzzing crowd means it can be a bit of a mission ordering a cocktail on a packed Saturday night when people are lining up to get the beers in so plan your drink strategy accordingly.