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An Esteemed LA Bar With Rare Spirits Is Popping Up in NYC

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A man pours liquor into a glass Old Lightning [Official Photo]

An acclaimed Los Angeles bar pops up in NYC

A Los Angeles bar known for a deep collection of rare spirits and vintage Champagne is popping up in New York City. Old Lightning will pour alcohol such as 2013 Pappy Van Winkle 23-year “Family Reserve” and a 2002 Krug Champagne on September 22, 23, and 24. There will also be cocktails from Old Lightning co-owners Steve Livigni and Pablo Moix, such as one with Armagnac, lime, and sugar. It’s not coming cheap: Pours will range from $20 to $1,500, while Champagnes range from “affordable” to $6,500 per bottle.

Old Lightning has racked up accolades since it opened in Venice, including James Beard Award nominations. The pop-ups are happening the first two nights at Peppi’s Cellar in Soho, and the third evening at Hunky Dory in Crown Heights. Reservations for all three nights are on Resy.

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Hunky Dory

747 Franklin Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 (516) 418-2063 Visit Website

Peppi's Cellar

, Manhattan, NY 10013 (917) 714-8832 Visit Website