PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDEN — PLG has a new sultry cocktail bar and it’s called Bar Bayeux — a spin on the Bayeux Tapestry, an 11th-century English tapestry depicting events that led to the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
Located at 1066 Nostrand Avenue, the 700 square foot bar opened three weeks ago and takes the place of a barbershop that shuttered nearly two years ago between Lefferts Avenue and Lincoln Road.
Exotic rum, tequila and gin blends line the priceless menu and the concoctions are aptly dubbed How’s Bayeux, Corpse Reviver and Bayeaux One, to name a few. There’s a growing wine list and draft beer and paninis are coming soon.
Owner Jeremy Stratton does sort of a bar tango with his employee Zaire Anderson, 21, tactfully escaping collisions behind the bar as they mix sweet and savory cocktails. Zaire, a Brooklyn native, has a drink named for her but you’ll have to stop by to see what’s in it.
There’s the Trial By Error, a tequila blended with lime and pineapple and the Chagrin Falls, a rum mashup with Combier Banana and jer bitters. I had the Corpse Reviver, a refreshing gin cocktail.
Cocktails range from $9 to $12 and the specials vary nightly.
Stratton is no stranger to bar life. The 48-year-old served drinks at his father’s Manhattan pub, Grassroots Tavern. The decades-old bar shuttered on New Year’s Eve 2017 after servicing the East Village for 42 years.
You can hardly say Stratton has been taking it easy during the year-long break. With the help of this carpenter brother Jeff Stratton, 50, Jeremy Stratton and their 80-year-old father Jim Stratton labored over the bar’s construction for nearly a year.
“I built this bar,” he said pointing to the mahogany-stained 26-footer.
The bar section seats 17 and there are a few tables at the rear which can seat 8 to 10 people. Ornate mirrors fragment the maroon-colored walls which also hover over an impressive bar collection to the tune of Ron Carter or other jazz. All of which makes for a sexy date space, as shown by the number of couples seated at the bar.
Re-upholstered bar chairs, a few tables, and an antique cash register are compliments of his father’s city tavern. The Yamaha Upright which flanks one side of the bar will come in handy when Stratton, a jazz musician, starts his weekly jam sessions to include a piano trio.
Bar Bayeux is open from 5:00 pm to 2:00 am daily. During warmer months Stratton will take their cocktails outdoors to the rear patio.