Founded by cocktail bar veterans Al Sotack and Maks Pazuniak, Jupiter Bar’s concept is born out of the pair’s deep love of science fiction writers like Gene Wolfe and Frank Herbert. Inside the long, narrow room things are meant to feel scavenged—dim tungsten light emanates from steel fixtures that once hung in a Pennsylvania factory, and a spectrum analyzer sits beside the top shelf liquor. Closer to the ceiling are more neon lights, a working reel-to-reel tape machine, a CRT television, and an Atari console.
“Found materials fit into the idea of a bar near the end of time,” Sotack said. “But the theme goes beyond the bric-a-brac. Every cocktail and draft beer is finite, and as things run out they’re deleted from the menu.” Jupiter Disco’s menu scrolls constantly on two televisions above the bar, written out in green block text reminiscent of IBMs circa 1981. The same menu can be found on the bar’s website, but as ingredients run out, drinks are crossed of the list and never return.
Cocktails hover in the $12 range and include the Ancillary Justice (named after the Ann Leckie novel), a spicy mezcal-infused old fashioned mixed with celery bitters and apple honey. Also on the menu is Pazuniak’s Dandelion Soda, which comes served in a collins glass filled with jamaican rum, lime, cacao, and dandelion amaro. Four beer taps will rotate constantly with whichever beers Jupiter chooses to scavenge, and hungry patrons can order empanadas at the bar.
From the New York Times
“You take the sci-fi thing and the music thing, and you’re halfway to Jupiter Disco,” Mr. Sotack said. Sci-fi nuts will note the framed blueprint for the Mos Eisley bar in the original “Star Wars” film. The famous alien dive bar was a stylistic touchstone for Jupiter Disco’s look, as was the bar frequented by Harrison Ford in “Blade Runner.” There are colored neon tubes on the ceiling and a certain dystopian air to the place, which used to be a steel-ceilinged check-cashing store. “The quality of a bunker is definitely something we liked about the space,” Mr. Sotack said.
Music lovers may be excited by the D.J. booth, which has a custom-built analog rotary mixer; the large, exposed Danley speakers on the ceiling; the subwoofers underneath the banquettes; the reel-to-reel audio player behind the bar; and the framed schematics of a Moog synthesizer.
1237 Flushing Avenue in Bushwick
Open daily 6pm – 4am