Bootlegger 21 Vodka presents: An Homage to Harlem Glamour
If you want to throw a Prohibition-style speakeasy party to bring your new vodka into the world in style, torrential downpour and gale force winds be damned, the best people to call to help you with your vision are Adam Aleksander and Michael Arenella. Then you secure a four-story Soho townhouse that used to belong to Andy Warhol (we know, we know, wrong era, but fabulous provenance nonetheless!), hire a Bible thumper to remind guests about the evils of liquor as they enter, throw down a dancefloor in the basement, set up some poker tables upstairs, design a menu of delicious cocktails that prove that vodka can mix with the best of the spirits and send out your invites.
750 brave souls reportedly showed up to last night's sold out event. Behind the stick we saw Fredo Ceraso of Loungerati, who created the evening's libations like Madden's Martini with vodka and a dry vermouth, orange and grapefruit bitters, and an olive and a pearl onion, and Miguel Aranda who was excited to tell us about the nearby Theater Bar which he opened last week. Guys AND dolls were lighting up cigars being rolled on the premises. Under the skylight in what was once one of Warhol's studios Jesse Gelber and Queen Esther entertained guests as they wandered in between hands of poker in the gambling den. It was a party that was one part flapper, one part gangster and three parts hooch, Bootlegger hooch, of course. SEE COMPLETE GALLERY