Butch Judy’s Pop-Up Bar Is The Perfect Place To Grab A Fall Drink

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Welcome to the gayborhood! A new queer-run pop-up called Butch Judy’s bar has opened inside of Performance Space New York, a venue in Manhattan’s East Village. The pop-up is a test for a potential brick-and-mortar location that the owners, Katie Zanin and Cassidy Gardner, are hoping to open in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood. The Butch Judy’s pop-up is only open Friday-Sunday and will close when the city begins to be blanketed in snow.

 

 

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Butch Judy’s plans to focus primarily on the drinks, though they will also offer french fries with assorted dips. Currently, the pop-up serves seven different natural wines of all kinds, a handful of specialty canned beers, and Butch Judy’s own canned cider. The bar’s original blend is called LoverBoi and is a collaboration with Vermont-based Shacksbury Cider. Although the cider is already available in a number of New York bars and restaurants, it’ll be another special layer to be able to order it at Butch Judy’s. The can for the collab was designed by Kia Labeija, former Mother of the Royal House of Labeija (vogue the house down, honey!), and she’ll be performing at the pop-up space soon.

“So many wine bars feel like they’re for stuffy old white people,” Butch Judy’s co-founder Zanin told Time Out New York. “We want our future bar to feel like a ‘wine dive,’ almost, where you don’t have to worry about feeling cool enough or dressing up. It’ll be a hangout for everyone to enjoy wine.”

 

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This isn’t Butch Judy’s first pop-up. Although it only launched earlier this year, Butch Judy’s has already hosted temporary locations in conjunction with AirBnB, Crown Height’s Berg’n, queer-focused dance party Papi Juice, and Carribean restaurant Glady’s.

Butch Judy’s is taking on a slightly more permanent location during the year of WolrdPride, and it’s another win for NYC’s queer community.

“Everything we’ve chosen fits in our beliefs of limiting additives, supporting the queer community and just generally crafting products responsibly,” the bar’s team told Time Out New York. “We try to include as many queer spirits producers on our menu as we can.”


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