Food & Drink

Cocktailing under Chelsea Market

Things that are kept hidden from the public eye ironically garner the most public interest, explaining why mole people are all the rage with kids these days. Now you can imbibe at a never-seen spot and keep your eyes peeled for one of those sweet bastards, at The Tippler.Setting up in the long, ornately columned, vaulted space underneath Chelsea Market (originally a Nabisco factory storage room), The Tippler's the brainchild of the dude behind the China Club, who brought along mixology heavyweights The Tippling Brothers, and outfitted the space with "bric-a-brac" like a 100yr-old freezer from San Diego that "keeps sh*t cold", recreations of classic paintings on the ceiling (think Sistine Chapel), and lights caged in old car part cleaning baskets, whose glow hopefully doesn't make everyone look exhausted. With the Bros involved it's no surprise the focus is on the 'tail program, which'll include a Tippling Redux section sporting drinks originally created for other bars (e.g., Mercadito's mezcal, Averna, grapefruit & ginger beer Dizzy Oaxacan), and Lushies: kicked-up frozen drinks including Negronis, the Screaming Greenie (absinthe, vodka, lemon, "exploding basil leaves"), and, made with bison grass vodka, cukes, grapefruit, anise, and mint, the Derek Smalls, so kind of weird it isn't served on the hard rocks.There'll also be a substantial international/craft suds lineup including a dozen drafts (Helles Hefeweizen, Hop God British Pale Ale), cans of Porkslap & Boont Amber Ale, and bottles from Italy's Menabrea Ambrata to the West Coast IPA from Green Flash, also a handy technique for attracting mole people...who're also strippers.