New York City-Greenpoint
May 11, 2018
Post Office is a haven for whiskey enthusiasts in South Williamsburg, and fittingly named after a book by Charles Bukowski, one of America’s most booze-fuelled writers. The brainchild of Death & Co. co-founder Alla Lapushchik, the bar boasts a large selection of whiskeys, over 30 varieties in total, with a particularly strong showing for small-batch brands from across the US. There’s also a small menu of classic cocktails available, with whiskey once more the dominant ingredient (think Manhattans and Don Draper’s favourite, the Old-Fashioned) as well as a decent range of craft beers and wines. Lapushchik fills the roles of both impresario and waitress, and as there’s no room for a DJ, her iTunes folder also supplies the soundtrack. Expect plenty of Billie Holliday, Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen ideal whiskey sipping music in other words. Meanwhile chef Sam Glinn matches the classy drinks menu with some first rate bar snacks, such as the chicken liver baguettes with crispy bacon. Occupying a former clothing boutique on an ungentrified stretch of Havemeyer Street, the space is on the compact side, but it’s atmospheric and stylish with its patriotic eagle-emblazoned wallpaper. We were particularly taken with the light fittings, which have been made appropriately enough – out of old whiskey decanters. Mercifully lacking in any of the forced embellishments that can mar other whiskey bars, the environment in Post Office is calm and pretension free. There’s no bouncer, but as the room only seats around 40 there may be a wait to get in at the weekend.
What their peers say
“Post Office in
South Williamsburg is one bar that I always hanker for. Great whiskey and a
great grilled cheese sandwich is a pure bar comfort-food order.” Jenny Miller WBB writer