Italian cuisine

Bishop Arts’ new speakeasy mixes Argentinian and Italian cuisine

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Bishop Arts’ hip bar scene gained another drink this month with a new speakeasy concept inside Chimichurri, an Argentinian staple with a hidden hangout spot.

The speakeasy is called The Branca Room, a nod to Fernet-Branca, an Italian bitter.

While Chimichurri’s menu is entirely Argentinian, The Branca Room is a spin on Italian and Argentinian cultures. Every culture is not just represented in the paintings and murals of the dark, intimate room, but in the drinks themselves.

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James Slater, one of the bartenders contributing to the cocktail menu, created his own take on the Fernet-Branca for the 180-day-old speakeasy. The bar also offers homemade amaro and vermouth.

The Branca Room opened with 12 cocktails, ranging from smoky to fruity and everywhere in between.

Photo of Branca Hall

The highlight of the evening is the Amaro Transfusion, which includes homemade vermouth, Six Grapes port, jasmine and rye of redemption.

Once a month, the Branca Room will also host exclusive Bourbon evenings featuring rare and highly sought-after bottles for whiskey lovers with dates to come.

The bar is located at 324 W 7th Street and is open Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.