Since the election, bartenders—particularly those in New York and Washington DC—have made their political views clear. The latest barkeeps to partner up to stick it to The Man are two of the city’s most prolific: Ravi DeRossi (Amor y Amargo, Cienfuegos, Death & Co., Mayahuel and Mother of Pearl) and Sother Teague (Amor y Amargo).
On April 14, the duo plans to open up a themed pop-up cocktail bar called Coup at 64 Cooper Square. As you may have guessed, DeRossi and Teague’s theme is anti-Trump, but it’s also equal parts social justice.
“One-hundred percent of the profits are going to organizations that are either being defunded by the current administration or need money to fight the current administration, like Planned Parenthood and the A.C.L.U.,” DeRossi told the New York Times.
In keeping with the theme, DeRossi commissioned artists to recreate some of the more clever and creative protest signs seen since the election. The space will house two bars, headed up by Amor y Amargo’s Max Green. One will feature a rotating roster of bartenders the pair have already signed on, including New York-based Ivy Mix of Leyenda, Mother of Pearl’s Jane Danger and Nitecap’s Natasha David, as well as bartenders from across the country like Erik Castro of Polite Provisions in San Diego.
While some may argue that a public place like a bar is no place for political discourse, Teague disagrees, telling the Times, “I strongly believe that bars are meeting places for the community. They create community. And communities have goals that they try and achieve together.”
Despite calling the bar a pop-up, the project has no end date in sight, so you should have plenty of time to donate your happy hour to a good cause. Social justice is, after all, best served straight up.