Watering Hole Wonder: Bacchanal

When Naren Young gets behind the bar, you know great things are bound to happen, just as they did at Saxon & Parole and Empellon.  When he creates the entire cocktail program, you can pretty much bet it’s a home run.  And so far, it looks like he’s hit it out of the park with Bachhanal, his newest venture down on the Bowery.

While I didn’t feel cool enough to even walk around in that ‘hood (in my life, hipster is the last descriptor anyone would ever use to describe me), I donned my chambray and put on my heels to check out the scene behind the bar.  And I’m so glad I did.

Yes, the food is good.  A little overpriced, but really excellent fare.  But it can’t hold a candle to the attention the cocktail menu is getting.  I mean, can we have just a second to talk about the “Spring 2014,” a delightful and refreshing combination of aquavit, pernod absinthe, sherry, FRESH SNAP PEAS and thyme?  Who needs that salad at lunch when I can get my greens with a side of absinthe?

I hope you too will make like a hipster and hit this Chinatown spot pronto.

Knowing Naren, the menu will change frequently, but if you’re lucky enough to see these on the menu, be sure to sample while you can.

Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail

Knob creek rye, maple, Jerry Thomas bitters, smoked ice

Summer Of Vermouth

Martini & Rossi ‘Rosato’, Aperol, rhubarb shrub, strawberry, fruit salad

146 Bowery (Between Grand & Broome St)
New York 10013
(646) 355-1840

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