New York – Banzarbar is a new cocktail experience inspired by the 20th-century Antarctic expeditions by Britain, Australia and New Zealand (known as BANZARE). Located in the upstairs floor of restaurant Freemans, the weekend-only bar uses the idea of expedition and exploration as the theme of its five-course cocktail tasting menu.
The menu has an emphasis on low alcohol by volume (abv) drinks, where lower-proof ingredients such as vermouth, sherry, amaro and marsala wine are used rather than distilled liquors. The drinks are paired with small seafood plates. The entire experience is designed to control alcohol intoxication, allowing the guests to fully enjoy the five courses.
Similar to London-based restaurant Cub, the bar aims to give an equal weighting to food and drink by providing a combined menu. Both Cub and Banzarbar represent a new breed of cocktail menus that are meeting the changing tastes of consumers, especially those with a growing interest in low- or no-alcohol cocktails.