Elizabeth Daniels 9/13
Part rustic cocktail lounge part Hollywood club, Warwick (formerly Club L), a warehouse of exposed brick, fireplaces, and unfinished ceilings, opens October 5. The idea here is a simple one, but not always easy to execute. Take the typical Hollywood club, but give it more of a rough, indie feel, and vastly upgrade the alcoholic options to seasonal craft cocktails made with better booze and quality ingredients. As one can see from the layout, it's a space suited to table/bottle service, but in this case the bar program, and yes, there's a "bar program," is executed by top talent Jason Bran and Damian Windsor who have likely liquored you up in the past four years at The Roger Room.
While one can always order a drink from the venue's multiple bars, here's how tableside cocktail service will work. Those who reserve a table score a personal cocktail attendant to make drinks throughout the night. A table might come with a choice spirit, fresh squeezed juice, housemade syrup or bitters, seasonal garnishes, housemade "foams," and depending on the drink, fancy ice like this. While management is still finalizing menus, one unnamed drink will call for gin, fresh watermelon juice, kaffir lime, and pomegranate.
Another fun bit about Warwick is that nextdoor is a space dubbed the Warwick Workshop where all fruit is juiced and syrups are flavored, and where Bran/Windsor experiment with new intoxicants.
This fusion bar/club enterprise is a work by Jeffrey Best, in partnership with Sylvain Bitton and JT Torregiani of Aventine. Hours of operation to run Wednesday through Saturday from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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