The Public Theater was bumping last night for the New York Wine & Food Festival's Astor Hours event. It was one of the first peeks inside the newly revitalized theater space where chef Andrew Carmellini has spiffed out the cocktail menu and added bar snacks and dinner plates. But the focus last night was decidedly on the drinks, and just about everywhere you looked, bartenders were shaking and pouring.
They had names like Soul Bounce, Sweet Thang, and Rhythm and Booze to throw us back to the eras of speakeasies, deep soul, and piano bars. It was a loud party inside the downtown landmark with a live band performing on the stage of Joe's Pub downstairs, a DJ spinning out in the Lobby, and jams upstairs in The Library as well.