When CH Projects took over the Petco Park-adjacent space for Rare Form, their bar-meets-deli which opened in June, it came with a rooftop bar. Instead of using it as an extension of the restaurant, they decided to create a new and separate hidden gem bar-within-a-bar much like their Neighborhood and Noble Experiment pairing.
At first, co-owner Anthony Schmidt, the barman who helped build the program at Noble Experiment, says they entertained a tricked-out tiki bar concept, but after consulting with a renowned tikiphile, decided the sunny, open air space lacked the essential dark and dive-y qualities.
So they embraced the beach-y vibe and built Fairweather, which soft opened this weekend in the East Village. Though you enter the bar through a series of dark hallways and staircases, they eventually lead out onto a lush, living wall-lined space with a sparkling blue and white-tiled bar as its centerpiece. All that's missing is a pool.
Schmidt collaborated with GM Ryan Walsh on the menu, which he said is defined by "drinks from sunny places". Centered around tequila, mezcal and rum, the cocktails range from the classic daquiri and margarita to tiki drinks and original creations, including a frozen blend of coconut, banana and cacao-infused rum called Monkey's Junk and the Oaxacan Dead, a twist on a zombie made with mezcal and rum. All are likely crafted with more care than your typical rooftop watering hole.
Though they are separate operations, food can be ordered to-go from Rare Form and brought up to the 1,000-square-foot bar, which has a capacity of 100. The eatery is also planning on adding some more drink-friendly snacks to the menu.
· Fairweather [Official Site]
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