The Moonlight Mile is open and now operating in the location formerly occupied by the unfortunately named Wine a Bit.
When Garry Embry, a native of Louisville, Ky., decided to quit the corporate world and open a bar, specializing in bourbon was a given. Of the more than 100 bourbons lining the bar at the Moonlight Mile, those from Kentucky dominate, but there are a number from New York, city and state. He also carries American whiskeys. He hired Jared Schubert, also from Kentucky, as a consultant to devise most of the cocktails, notable for their lack of overly precious complexity. The bar itself, with seating for 34, is in similar style, and there are simple snacks and plates of cheese and cured meats. “We wanted a place where we’d want to hang out and taste bourbon and whiskey,” he said. He and his wife, Becky Embry, named the bar for their favorite Rolling Stones song
Greenpointers paid them a visit too:
The first thing you notice at the bar is their gosh-darn gigantic selection of whiskey. Gary tells me they have around 80 varieties at the moment but will be growing the collection to well over 100 in the coming months.
To educate the rye-curious and satisfy die-hard bourbon aficionados, they offer six different whiskey flights, ranging from $12-$21. The ‘Difference in Proof’ flight allows drinkers to compare the same brand at different strengths. ‘Steeped in Tradition’ compares three traditional types of bourbon, and ‘The New York Flight’ allows you to sample local-made whiskeys Van Brunt Stillhouse, Pine Barrens Single Malt and Widow Jane 7 Year Bourbon.
It’s worth noting that Garry sources many of their supplies through Franklin Street’s Duke’s Liquor Box so, if you try something you love, you can pick a bottle of the stuff up on your way home.
Next to the vast array of amber-glowing bottles is a neat row of 12 brass beer taps, nameless but for a single numbered tag hanging from each. Each number represents a delicious craft brew such as Left Hand Milk Stout Nitro, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale and Firestone DBA, all between $6-$9.