No hooch compliments the rocker lifestyle quite like whiskey: Van Halen's Michael Anthony once plucked an officially licensed Jack Daniel's bass, and Nikki Sixx never once shot up his veins with 99 Bananas. Delivering that one-two punch, Faith & Whiskey, opening Friday
Besottedly classy with tons of distressed black oak and a 50-ft copper-topped bar, Faith's a brown liquor-soaked rock den run by an original Ta'Too owner in that spot's former home, sadly no longer door-manned by a white-suited midget yelling "The Bar! The Bar!". The theme's driven home by six silver-framed, black leather-matted classic guitar replicas (Clapton, Cobain, Strummer, etc), b&w photos of whiskey-swigging celebs (Keith Richards, John Belushi,...), backlit steer skulls, antler chandeliers, a deer's head covered entirely in silver ball bearings, and massive '69 and '72 black Triumph Bobber choppers parked on an overhang above the bathrooms (appropriate if you're Born to Runs). The booze is eponymously awesome, with 100+ whiskeys/bourbons/Scotches (from Booker's 10th Anniversary, to Blanton's Gold, to The Glenlivet 21 Year Old), plus six specialty whiskey cocktails like the Templeton Rye & absinthe "Sid Vicious" and a Maker's/Absolut Peach/Absolut Mango job dubbed "Backstage Pass" -- guaranteed to leave you stranded at a bus station phone booth sobbing mascara-stained tears for your lost innocence
For quick reloading, F&W promises five attentive bartenders at all times, but will only be open Fridays and Saturdays until the Feb 12 grand opening party -- after which, the sh*t will be Bananas.