It’s easy to get lost in this baroque parlor of a bar, reclining in a Louis XIV armchair complete with scrolled legs and lion’s paws, exquisite cocktail in hand. The Bourgeois Pig Brooklyn takes decadence to the extreme, filling a tiny room with patterns and sparkles—brocade furniture, flocked wallpaper, gem-like chandeliers and fleur de lis finials. Oddly enough, it’s kind of great! In our era of ye olde Breuckelen publick houses, it’s refreshing to sit for a drink in a room without the slightest hint of reclaimed anything. When asked, “Why so crazy?” barman and co-owner Frank “Frankie Cocktails” Cisneros (also of Dram and the Drink) explains that the original Bourgeois Pig in the East Village grew in no small part due to owner Ravi Derossi’s affinity for antique furniture, particularly baroque styles. At the Brooklyn outpost, Cisneros kept the baroque theme going on both sides of the bar. “I got to fulfill my dream of having a bar stocked entirely with beautiful gold bar tools,” Cisneros says.
And oh! The glorious uses put to those gilded tools! The Brooklyn Pig differentiates itself from the original with a killer cocktail program, designed by Cisneros and executed by passionate bartenders from near and far. One of the bartenders actually commutes from Philadelphia, and it’s pretty clear why: the Munich Old Fashioned ($10), made with Asbach Uralt German brandy, Austrian apricot liqeur, Baerenjager Honey Liqueur and bitters, is 100 percent booze and surely one of the greatest iterations of the drink. The Zombie Amaro ($14) gives new meaning to “12-step program,” with twelve ingredients ranging from pineapple to Fernet Branca, beautifully balancing the sweet, tart and medicinally savory. Served in a Pilsner glass over pebble ice, this Zombie is way too easy to take down. And what could turn the neighbors into the walking dead faster than a few of Frankie’s cocktails? Fernet Branca bottle service, of course! For $45 you can get a 325ml bottle of Fernet and four bottles of Einbecker to cleanse your palate. Good night nurse.
Keep yourself on the street side of Scotto’s, the neighboring funeral home, by enjoying some nourishment with your drink. Much like its big-city sister, the BP BK offers plates of cured meats, cheeses and seasonal snacks, as well as an exclusively Old World wine list that includes four different styles of sherry by the glass. Sipping a glass of cool Lustau “Jarana” Fino in a tufted armchair, looking out on the shuffling rabble on Court Street, you might swear this is the beginning of South Brooklyn’s Gilded Age.