Don Bauder 7:01 a.m., June 19
The East Village is about to get an infusion of milk and honey when bartender Sam Ross ventures beyond a wall of fake kegs and behind the bar at cocktail heaven Noble Experiment. Ross has made quite a name for himself since coming to the US from his family-owned bar in Melbourne, Australia, to take up his current post at prominent New York City’s speakeasy, Milk & Honey.
The program he played a major role in building prompted Bartender Magazine and Drinks International to name Milk & Honey the World’s Best Bar. In 2008, the StarChef organization presented him a Rising Star Award. And, oh yeah, last year, Tales of the Cocktail dubbed him American Bartender of the Year.
When a guy like this rolls into town and busts out his shaker, cocktail enthusiasts would do well to reserve a spot early. As anybody who’s been to Noble Experiment already knows, space is limited. This will likely never be so true as during Ross’ guest appearance on Sunday, April 15 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
So, if you’re interested in sipping in the creations of the man widely credited with reviving speakeasy culture (and the vintage clothing and mustache wax industries), you’d do best to text 619.888.4713 to jockey for a seat at the bar. Noble Experiment is located inside Neighborhood gastropub at 777 G Street.