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Tooker Alley: The Feed first look

Former Pegu Club barkeep Del Pedro opens a Prospect Heights drinkery that is as adept at pouring shots and beers as deconstructing the martini.

By Christopher Ross
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Bartending vet Del Pedro (Pegu Club) is behind this Prospect Heights drinkery, named after the Chicago street that was home to the Dil Pickle Club—a famous 20th-century “hobohemian” gathering place for tramps and intellectuals. The bar, opening October 18th, reflects that mix of high-minded artistry and down-market charm in its list of eight craft cocktails, like the Hobo Julep, which reshapes the posh Kentucky Derby classic in everyman fashion, employing rock-candy syrup, colorful mint bitters and a rip-roaring, high-proof Old Forester bourbon. Those seeking more luxe pleasures can sample the “History of the Martini Cocktail” menu, which traces the development of the classic tipple through six incarnations, including its sweeter ancestor, the Martinez. Casual drinkers can opt for a beer-and-shot combo, which will feature pairings of American whiskeys with domestic beers. The 45-seat room showcases a 24-foot-long bar made from the wooden flatbed of a truck and a floor laid with planks torn from an old barn. 793 Washington Ave between Lincoln and St. Johns Pls, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn (347-955-4743)

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