The Winslow | East Village and Gramercy Public House – Cocktail Bar – Beer Bar | New York NY
The Winslow offers the East Village and Gramercy area a fresh take on the traditional public house and eatery. The U.K.-inspired eatery and modern gin joint features an impressive beverage program, flavorsome specialty cocktails and an extensive Gin List. The bar features gins from around the globe in the styles of London Dry, Old Tom, Modern, Regional, American and Seasonal, alongside over 20 varieties of old world, new world and British beer on tap. The eclectic, yet well-balanced collection of cocktails highlight locally sourced ingredients and unique pre-batched barrel aged varieties. Signature sips include gin and house made flavored tonics. All libations feature botanicals such as house dried citrus, hibiscus, ginger, bee pollen and more to complement each type of gin. Cuisine created by executive chef Nathan Pauley, incorporates traditional favorites from across the pond as well as a range of house-made savory local delights. Designed as a “home away from home” for guests, the space boasts multiple HD TVs that are hidden when not in use, a 20ft front bar finished with a chalk white concrete top, high seating, and a back bar embellished with fumed oak and blackened steel.
The American version of a Pub or a Public House, is quite different than that of the traditional UK style pub. Prior to The Winslow’s opening, the owners Mark Tafoya, Aidan Fogarty and Jeff Winslow realized that New York City didn’t have too many proper Public Houses and Eatery’s; already having opened a successful business, Hibernia Bar, which was styled upon the traditional Irish Pub along with your typical American influences, they wanted to open something new. Their goal was to step away from the stereotypical American bar where people go to get drunk, and instead, open a U.K. inspired public house that was family friendly and a place where people could gather socially.
The Winslow is not a chain, nor do the owners ever want for it to become one. They feel that often times chains lose their character and with that, the atmosphere and ambiance becomes something corporate and unfriendly. In the UK it is not uncommon to see a family come in to hang out at a bar, whereas here, one might find it odd to see a couple with a newborn enter the bar. Yes, The Winslow does become 21 and over at night, a door-man is there to collect IDs. However, during the better part of the day, it is open to families and is family friendly.
A public house is local place where people would come to socialize with their friends and family. Whereas in a typical American bar there might be a lot of TV’s playing different sporting events, a public house will roll out a TV for specific sporting events i.e. Football (Soccer) or Rugby. The idea is that if there are a lot of TV’s littered around the bar, then people won’t talk to each other and socialize. The Winslow also makes sure that their bartenders are trained to not only make fantastic cocktails and drinks, but to also be more personal rather than just go through the motions. Often one can notice The Winslow bartenders engaging in spirited conversations with patrons rather than just slinging drinks.
The Winslow’s mission is to elevate people’s experiences the minute they walk through their door. Human interaction is important, and because it is not a chain, The Winslow’s vibe is felt even before entering the bar. The outside seating area is accommodating as well as the immediate seating area to the right. With ample seating room within the bar, there is also an event space where people celebrate birthday parties, engagements, corporate events, etc. People from the UK, IRE, AU & NZ who have visited The Winslow also appreciate its warm comforting environment, their home away from home.
Besides the pub like atmosphere, The Winslow also offers many traditional UK inspired dishes. Despite British food having a bad rap, The Winslow’s head chef Nathan Pauley has elevated British cuisine to another level. Being UK inspired does not mean The Winslow has steered far from the traditional fares such as shepherds pie, Irish dip lamb sandwiches, crumpets, eggs benedict on top of crumpets, or cheese boards. Using local produce and dairy as often as possible, along with making seasonal dishes, The Winslow’s menu has an amazing array of foods offering an all-day menu as well as a brunch menu which is served on weekends and any major holidays that land on a Monday.
Being a restaurant is not the only thing The Winslow is known for, it also has a superb cocktail and drink menu. Many beers that are on tap are UK in origin or UK inspired such as [add more British Beers here], London Pride, Stella, Guinness, Strongbow, Union Jack IPA, Pilsner Urquell. If a regular requests a particular brand, and if it sells, we will continue to keep that beer on tap, all patrons, including regulars, are treated as family. Inspired by a social drinking culture, a lot of pubs in London and the UK have become known for their cocktails. The Winslow has brought that culture here to New York City and as one of the premier gin bars, The Winslow has over 40 different types of gin available. Their menu is easy to read and allows anyone to pair their gins with different types of food and flavors. They even offer gin clubs every month to introduce people to gin and gin drinking. Upon inception, the owners wanted The Winslow to focus on gin because of gin’s unique qualities as a spirit and flavor palate.
London’s history with gin is fascinating, and despite still being one of the biggest producers of gin in the world, London Gin has had a torrid past. In the 18th and 19th Centuries, London’s gin consumption increased due to many reasons, however, one main reason was that the water was so bad that it was actually safer to drink gin. Seeing their market share decline, Beer producers decided to create a propaganda campaign by commissioning William Hogarth to execute a campaign, which he did very well. His most famous piece is the poster titled, ‘Mother’s Ruin’ depicting Londoners in a state of despair. Its impactful imagery, Gin Lane, had a mother dropper her child, another man in need of a fish and chips, another man fighting with a dog over a bone, whereas the images depicting beer drinkers was far different. William Hogarth’s beer drinkers were classy, elegantly dressed, rich, happy, full belies and forever his efforts in turn changed the London Pub culture by seeing many more people drinking beer thereafter. Gin of course has been revitalized and the London dry style gin brands are famous for their unique style and tastes.
Nestled in between the East Village and Gramercy areas of New York City, The Winslow continues to thrive because of its public house inspiration and has become a home away from home for many families and UK Ex-Pats. During major Football (Soccer) and Rugby sporting events people from all over will flock to The Winslow to watch the World Cup of Rugby. They even streamed in the Six Nations championship and sponsored a local rugby team for the New York Rugby Club NYCRC. There is even an Ex-Pat happy hour group which meets regularly, and often times there are Ex-pat going away parties celebrated in the Back Room.
Even if someone is not familiar with the idea of the public house, you don’t have to travel to the UK to experience it. Whether it be during brunch, dinner or at a gin club, everyone will feel at home at The Winslow. For more information about The Winslow, just stop by for your own unique experience.