Thursday, September 10, 2009

Barfly's Beat: A Montauk Club Affair

Fredo rolling Park Slope Cocktails
Loungerati's resident cocktailian Fredo joined jazz crooner Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra providing entertainment for the Montauk Club's First Thursday event. The Montauk Club is a private social club based on 8th Avenue in Park Slope. The Club was founded in 1889 and has remained a private club since its founding. The magnificent Club House was designed by the famed New York architect Francis H. Kimball, who was inspired by a palace on Venice’s Grand Canal. The Club House was completed in 1891 and its Venetian gothic architecture, carved mahogany woodwork and beautiful stained glass windows remain its signature features.

Fredo was stationed at the vintage wood bar making drinks in the historic Oak Room. The cocktail menu included summer favorites such Pimms Lemonade, a "bathtub" Gin Rickey with Hendrick's Gin and muddled cucumber, a St. Germain & Champagne apertif, and an ode to the neighborhood called The Park Slope (Rye, Apricot brandy, Punt a Mes, bitters). While Fredo kept the Montauk members thirst quenched, Michael Arenella and his band played roaring 1920s jazz while visiting jitterbugs, like Kristen Minsky of the tap dance sensations the Minsky Sisters, cut a rug. What a way to say goodbye to summer!

Read more at the Montauk Club Event News.

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