The Matthias Merges mini-empire is underway. After a soft opening last night, Merges is opening his cocktail-haven Billy Sunday up to the full public tonight. But even before the opening, Details named Billy Sunday one of the best new bars in the country. Apparently Merges' reputation speaks for itself.
Building on the success of Yusho's renowned cocktail program, Billy Sunday features a wide selection of fascinating craft drinks by mixologist Alex Bachman, like the New Western gin and rhubarb sherbet-based Against the Bliss. Billy Sunday also ramps up classic recipes, like a daiquiri and negroni, similar to Yusho's unique gin and tonic with house-made tonic water.
The interior is ready to go also. Intricate glass cabinets housing rare liquors shine out from behind the bar and surround the gleaming taps. Turn-of-the-century portraits and artwork line the cozy interior, creating an atmosphere suitable for relaxing on the back-cushioned booths with the thought-provoking libations. It all comes together beginning tonight, check out the full menu on the website.