June 16, 2015

Introducing Libertine, downtown’s new bar


Introducing Libertine, downtown’s new bar where eclectic beats and renegade cocktails take center stage. Slated to open in June 2015 at 40 NE 11th Street, Libertine is a bar for the people; start the night sipping a proper Old Fashioned from an arm chair, bring in the new day swigging whisky on top of the bar's Baby Grand, and if not for a dusting of glitter and memories of Iggy Pop piping from the DJ booth, forget everything that happened in between. With an interior hearkening back to the glamorously decayed watering holes of turn of the century London, Libertine’s interior features eclectic décor like a floor covered in thousands of pennies, easy leather sofas a DJ booth fashioned from a re-purposed Baby Grand piano, and an expansive cocktail bar featuring a comprehensive mixology program.

Enter through a long access shaft that feels purposefully hidden, lined in vintage chicken wire, glass and raw steel columns. Turn the corner and behold Libertine – tucked away, dim and at the same time decadent. Designed by Thrilwall Design, Libertine is lined with 150 year-old reflective mirrors and subway tile, apothecary containers and shelving that illuminates bourbons, whiskeys and hundreds of other specialty liquors. The floor is covered in thousands of real pennies, sorted by finish to create a trompe l’oeil. Comfortable leather sofas are mixed with retro-style light armchairs and coffee tables in front of two opposing walls featuring an 18th century white marble fireplace and a wall of books framed by green velvet curtains while elements like burlesque chandeliers, poker tables, and antique rugs line the space. Music programming is curated by Supermarket Creative’s Michelle Leshem, and sounds will include cult classics, new wave and indie like Pulp Beastie Boys, Yelle, The Sonics, Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, to melodic dance sounds from Soul Clap, Aeroplane, Holy Ghost!, Flight Facilities, Groove Armada, Escort and more.

Libertine’s bar runs the gamut, from shots and beers, to full-scale mixology and specialty cocktails. Prohibition style cocktails range from The Libertine (Bulleit Rye, Sweet Vermouth, Elderflower Liquer, bitters, Cognac) to Firewater (Grey Goose vodka, Bacardi Superior rum, grenadine, sugar, fresh squeezed orange juice), to a barrel of authentic Libertine Moonshine which will sit behind the bar.

Libertine. Open Thursday, Friday,  Saturday’s from 9am til whenever… starting June 19th. 40 NE 11th Street. For more information visit


“The Libertine”

0.75oz. Bulleit Rye
0.25 oz. Sweet Vermouth
0.25 oz. Elderflower Liqueur
1 dash bitters
0.25 oz. Cognac


Stir & strain into a rocks glass. Garnish w/ lemon twist


1 btl Moonshine

1lb Sugar

106 oz Del Monte Sliced Peaches


Mix 1 bottle of Moonshine, 1lb of sugar and 106 oz of Del Monte Sliced Beaches into barrel. Mix. Pour contents into mason jars w/ ice and garnish with a sliced peach.


1.5 oz. gin
0.75 oz.  Dry vermouth
0.75 oz.  Sweet vermouth
0.75 oz.  Freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange
2 dashes Angostura bitters


Add gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, orange juice, and bitters to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wheel and serve.


1 oz. Grey Goose Vodka

1 oz. Bacardi Superior Rum

1 oz. Grenadine

1 tbl. Spoon of sugar

1 oz. Freshly squeezed orange juice from 1 orange


Stir & strain into a rocks glass. Garnish w/ maraschino cherries, sliced orange, lemon and lime rounds.

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