We’ve already seen the Village’s West Eighth Street heating up, but the openings just keep coming. Most recent? Analogue, a classy new bar that’s all about music and cocktails.
The Story: Jesse Wilson and Jared Gordon, who met at NYU’s business school in 2003, share two things: a love of whisky and a love of music. They brought together those passions with Analogue, a cocktail lounge with weekly live performances, an extensive Scotch and bourbon collection, and jazz and blues played from a vintage 1960s tube-amplified record player.
The Look: “We have tried to capture the elegance of old New York,” says Gordon. “Rather than going for a specific time period or style, we have attempted to recall elements of classic homes, clubs and bars, and present them with a clean, modern approach.” The result is an elegant, sophisticated lounge with broad appeal — bring your boss for an after-work cocktail, bring a date on a weeknight, bring a group on Saturdays. Don’t miss Analogue’s music memorabilia and extensive record collection, in a walnut cabinet toward the back.
The Drinks: With the original cocktail list designed by Nesha Korak (formerly of Employees Only), and the bar now overseen by head bartender Cliff Mejia (Macao Trading Co.), there’s plenty of mixology cred at Analogue. Try the “Scottish Summer,” blended Scotch with lemongrass-ginger syrup, lemon, and an Islay float; or the Malena, rye with Campari, ruby port, and orange blossom water. (And if you’re looking for straight spirits, they’ve got pages to choose from.)
The Scene: Expect live music every Monday night (perhaps more frequently in months to come), with no cover charge.
19 West 8th St.