135 Graham Avenue (nr. Johnson Ave)
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Cuisine: no food
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ Great
Cards: Cash only
Hours: Tue-Wed and Sun, 7pm-2am; Thu-Sat, 7pm-3am
Booze: Full bar
Subway: L at Montrose Ave.; J, M at Lorimer St.
NY Mag says:
Along with James Freeman and original Weather Up bar man Johnny De Piper, proprietors Kathryn Weatherup and Matthew Maddy have opened Featherweight, a dimly lit but warm cocktail bar adjoining Sweet Science on Graham Avenue in Williamsburg. Although the place is reportedly accessible via passage through Sweet Science’s boiler room, the new bar’s main entrance sits directly beneath a three-story-tall mural of a boxer clutching his punching bag. Open until 2 a.m, the pared-down cocktail list includes the “Witch’s Brew,” made with jujube-infused gin, Gran Classico, and lemon; the “High Roller” combines Champagne and Antica Carpano Formula.
Bushwick Daily says:
Featherweight is the new cocktail lounge located at 135 Graham Ave, behind two black doors under the neighborhood’s premier piece of street art depicting an exhausted boxer hugging a heavy bag. There are no signs and nothing to tell you that you’ve arrived at the correct location, and that’s what makes it wonderful. The lounge is an offshoot of its next-door neighbor, Sweet Science, and shares similar ownership while bringing in new blood to add its own flare. With an interior that screams, “I am the new hotness” and an exterior that blends seamlessly into its surroundings, you’ll go from hood to haute in no time…
One key feature of Featherwieght is that it is small, awesomely small. Hanging out here is like hanging out in the swankiest apartment in town, which also happens to have a wet bar and extremely capable bartenders mixing up top-notch drinks. The decor could be described as 1920s tiki, but the strongest aesthetic lingers from the alleyway/storage room that it once was and how completely they’ve converted it into the bar stool, booth-lined noir lounge in the back of the building….
The cocktail menu is the star of the show and you’re going to want to taste it all- so please do. I was privy to imbibe the Saw Tooth (bourbon, Amaro Braulio, brown sugar cube, and orange bitters – $11), whose giant ice cube will satisfy even the most manly of requirements while maintaining a taste that is easy and accessible to any drinker.