Downtown Main/Market Streets are becoming an exciting entertainment district stretching from Proof on Main all the way to Rye. Filling in the gaps across the street from Actor’s Theatre is newly opened Down One Bourbon Bar, which opened its doors on February 25th. The 3-for-one comes into play when 321deli, a New York-style deli, and 2 Dips & a Shake, “crafting twists, shakes and floats”, joined Down One Bourbon Bar, all opened by the same locally owned group Al. J. Schneider Co. Being a downtown dweller it is easy to pass Down One if you aren’t looking carefully. It is a basement speakeasy type of bar, boasting an impressive 100+ bourbons, wooden and glass antique furnishings, and one particularly cool looking British red telephone booth. The surprise? When you walk through the telephone booth you enter another private dining area for 25. And you feel like James Bond!
The food itself (PDF) is reasonably priced with a focus on soups, 8 different types of sandwiches and salads. If I had to call it, the breakout star in the sandwich selection would likely be the “Three Little Pigs”, which has roasted pork belly, pulled pork, AND bacon served with mustard, BBQ slaw, and pickles, served up from 321deli. The deli also sells meat by the pound, cheeses, pickles, and sides to those who want it to go, which is great news for downtown residents.
Down One Bourbon Bar at 3rd and W Main Street. Open M – Th 11 am to 11 pm, F – Sat 11 am to 1 am, closed Sunday.