Party Earth Review Cocktail connoisseurs in the market for a refreshing take on after-dinner drinks need look no further than Weather Up, a romantic little gem quietly hiding behind an unmarked subway-tile façade. No doubt thanks to the... ... read full review
589 Vanderbilt Avenue
New York, NY 11238
2: Bergen Street-Flatbush Avenue; Q, B: 7th Avenue-Flatbush Avenue
PROSPECT HEIGHTS, NEW YORK –
Cocktail connoisseurs in the market for a refreshing take on after-dinner drinks need look no further than Weather Up, a romantic little gem quietly hiding behind an unmarked subway-tile façade.
No doubt thanks to the personal touch of British owner and namesake Kathryn Weatherup, the cozy space exudes a warm English pub vibe combined with a bit of New York in the form of exposed brick and more white subway tiles on walls and ceiling.
A rustic wood-paneled bar with attached stools provides space for laid-back older couples, young and bookish urbanites, and intellectual hipsters to sample the nine specialty cocktails on the menu – from the champagne-infused French Connection to the bourbon-based Battle of New Orleans – to a soundtrack of soft, old-timey jazz tunes.
Behind the bar, antique chemistry beakers and apothecary bottles vie for space with an intriguing array of spices, infusions, and odd-shaped ice in the form of giant diamonds or cylindrical rods doubling as stirrers, as well-trained bartenders work their magic.
Couples looking for a bit more privacy can retire to the paneled corner booths to chat, while romantics might prefer to snuggle at a candlelit wrought-iron table amid the foliage in the spacious back yard.
Warm and welcoming, Weather Up is a sure bet for patrons who love a mellow atmosphere and a mean martini.
The cocktail ingredients can be pretty unusual, from Angostura Bitters to infused simple syrups. The best entertainment is watching the bartender make your drink, so settle in at the bar and feel free to ask about an ingredient that seems more than a little odd – you’ll be glad you did.
Low-key intellectuals, hipsters, cocktail aficionados, and older couples, 20s to 40s.
Ambient classic jazz tunes.
Menu of cold fried chicken and oysters served in the garden in the summer.
Outdoor patio for smoking.
Beer $7+, wine $7+, cocktails $11–$14.
Casual with a hint of academia: open-collared shirts, vintage suits, nice jeans, sundresses, pea coats.
Just about any night for a small but interesting crowd of regulars, though Fridays and Saturdays are generally busiest.
Soda Bar (629 Vanderbilt Avenue) is a divier but still romantic location with hot food and a sprawling lounge area.