If the idea of getting a high-caliber haircut at a stylish barbershop and sticking around for a single malt scotch or craft cocktail is something you find exciting, you’re not the only one.
Bottle & Barlow, which will combine a barbershop led by the highly regarded Anthony Giannotti with an upscale bar spearheaded by bartender Jayson Wilde, was a surprise inclusion in Details magazine’s list of “The Most Anticipated Bar Openings of 2015.” The bar and barbershop will be one of the anchor retail tenants at the new Warehouse Artist Lofts at the corner of 12th and R streets.
Paragary’s Bar & Oven, which is undergoing a renovation, also made Details’ list.
Giannotti has become something of a media sensation in recent years, with 100,000-plus followers on Instagram, long lines for haircuts outside Anthony’s Barbershop on 21st Street and a possible reality show in the mix. Wilde has become a star among the cocktail crowd in San Francisco for his work at Bourbon & Branch. Throw in the team behind Hook & Ladder and the Golden Bear, along with emerging restaurant design star Whitney Johnson, and you have a recipe for great anticipation.
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“We’re really excited. It’s kind of shocking,” Giannotti said Monday about making the list. “It’s reassurance that we’re doing something right.”
Here’s what Details said: “This combination bar and barbershop will marry Art Deco design with modern technology in a style they call "Gotham City meets Fred Perry." The bar side will have 10 cocktails on the list (some available by the pitcher) and a host of bartenders that will be able to go off-menu as well. The barbershop will have simple bottled cocktails and beer on tap; just be careful around the straight razors. Jayson Wilde of San Francisco's Bourbon & Branch is both partner and lead bartender for the project.”
The article included hotly anticipated bar openings in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, Detroit and more.
Bottle & Barlow is expected to open sometime this spring.
Giannotti noted that in addition to a full cocktail, beer and wine program on the bar side of the business, there will be a smaller selection of draft beer, cocktails and sipping tequila within the barbershop. To read the story I wrote about Giannotti, click here.
Said Kimio Bazett, co-owner of Hook & Ladder and Golden Bear, of the Details mention: “To have that kind of reach and that kind of hype before opening is incredible. It also creates a lot of pressure. Not that we weren’t already trying to do our best and innovate, but now we really want to be sure we get it right.”
Giannotti will move to the R Street location when it opens, along with barber Jason Dunn from Anthony’s. There will be a team of about 10 barbers on site and about six barber chairs. The barbers will rotate on a split schedule, since the shop is expected to have much longer hours and be open daily except Sunday. Barber Alex Tillisch will stay behind and manage Anthony’s.
At the current Anthony’s Barbershop, the wait times are the stuff of local lore by now, with lines forming outside well before opening in the morning and wait times of two hours or more at peak times. The new shop will be by appointment only.
Call The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson, (916) 321-1099. Follow him on Twitter @Blarob.