Type "Post Office Brooklyn" into Google and you'll come up with a number of hits for the United States Postal Service. But if you're lucky, in that sea of results, you'll come across Post Office, the Brooklyn whiskey bar.
The bar was named for Charles Bukowski's first novel. "He's an author that I enjoy, and he enjoyed drinking," said Post Office owner Alla Lipushchik. "And the actual post office is across the street, so it was funny."
The bar specializes in whiskey. "I always enjoyed whiskey, so wanted to make that the focus," said Alla. She further narrowed that focus by only including American whiskeys and bourbons. Post Office has 120 varieties and the list is still growing. For variety, there is domestic beer and wine, and only 1 bottle each of vodka, rum, and gin.
Alla created the cocktails, and the food menu is by chef Sam Glinn. The two also collaborated on OTB around the corner.
Post Office opened three years ago. After 7 years of sweat equity partnerships at bars in the city, Alla felt ready to open her own place. She lived nearby the space, and one day saw it was for rent.
"We did a full gut renovation," said Alla. "The only original part is the tin ceiling tiles." Reclaimed wood and vintage wallpaper coat the walls, the tables are handmade, the lamps above the bar are cut decanters, and the photographs around the bar are by photographer Burt Glinn, the chef's father.
The bar uses all fresh juices and homemade syrups. "I'm pretty adamant about it being good craft cocktails," said Alla.
The crowds have been steady since the bar opened, with lots of locals.
"Since we opened we have had whiskey connoisseurs coming in for that purpose, but we try to be a good bar even if you aren't into whiskey," Alla said.
For whiskey novices and enthusiasts both, Post Office offers whiskey flights — $20 for three 1 ounce pours — that are the bartenders choice, and the bartender gives a background on each one.
Occasionally there are events held at Post Office, such as the whiskey and cheese pairing held in June with Bedford Cheese Shop. Tuesdays are "Taco Tuesday" from open until close, with pulled pork and vietnamese tacos. On Sunday and Monday, Post Office has $1 oysters from 5-7 pm, and happy hour is every day from 5-7pm.
188 Havemeyer St.
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 4:00 am