The Up & Up Bar

Bars, Cocktail bars Greenwich Village

Taking over the historic Gaslight Cafe space, the Beagle barman Matthew Piacentini—along with fellow drinks slinger Chaim Dauermann (Gin Palace)—flips the West Village coffeehouse from run-down beat haunt to a subterranean craft-cocktail oasis trimmed with turn-of-the-century details (brown-leather banquettes, vintage wallpaper). The menu is divided among four categories: originals, favorites, halfies and bottle service. Breaking the rhythm of typical bottle service, the team delivers large-format versions of classics like the Greenbaum Negroni, named after Attaboy barkeep and Beagle colleague Dan Greenbaum, and the Teague Old Fashioned, served in a flask to mirror Dauermann's comrade Sother Teague (Amor y Amargo). The supersized numbers arrive in wine bottles, plunked into ice-filled buckets set tableside with accompanying chilled glassware. Their pint-size counterparts, however, are scaled-back highballs that replace standard shots on the menu, such as a Quinine Jimmy (TimR's tonic, angostura bitters) and the Slam Busy (gin, amaro). "We're loosening our bowties a bit here," Piacentini says. "We're playing with ingredients, creating stronger flavors and keeping everything fun."


Venue name: The Up & Up Bar
Address: 116 MacDougal St
New York
Cross street: between Bleecker and W 3rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed 5pm-2am, Thu–Sat 5pm–3am, Sun 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average cocktail: $11. AmEx, Disc, MC, V.
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