Bottle & Barlow: sneak peek before Saturday opening

Jayson Wilde serves one up. // Janelle Bitker

Spotlighted in the Los Angeles Times, Details Magazine and other publications, Bottle & Barlow is easily one of the most anticipated Sacramento bar openings in quite some time. That anticipation can finally come to a close when the bar slash barbershop opens to the public on Saturday, July 11.

It’s the vision of mega-popular barber Anthony Giannotti of Anthony’s Barbershop and San Francisco star bartender Jayson Wilde. Wilde rose the ranks at famous San Francisco bars Bourbon & Branch and the Wilson before recently returning to his hometown of Sacramento. On the business side of things, Kimio Bazett and Jon Modrow (Hook & Ladder Manufacturing Co., the Golden Bear) round out the ownership team.

The “Barlow” portion has been softly open this week, and it’s a gorgeous, spacious place to get a shave. Patrons receive a free beer or—starting next week, cocktail—with an appointment-only hair cut. Those cocktails aren’t as fancy or creative as what’s available in the formal bar area, but still: free Jayson Wilde-approved cocktail.

Exit the barbershop, pass the bathroom and land in the swanky, Art Deco “Bottle” part of the business. There are a few tables and an upstairs seating area overlooking the long bar, stocked with exciting elixirs and eight beers on draft. Outside, there’s a big, bench-filled patio.

Considering the complexity and quality, cocktails are reasonably priced at $9-$12. The Ponzu Scheme boasted smoke and tang with scotch, lemon, ponzu, cocchi americano and orange marmalade. Anise shone through the semi-sweet Drive-Bye, with rum, gin, absinthe, lime, Mexican coke, nutmeg and egg white. Every single cocktail intrigued. 

Bottle & Barlow is located at 1120 R Street, at the ground floor of the Warehouse Artist Lofts. It officially opens to the public on Saturday, July 11, with a grand opening on Saturday, July 18.

Designer Whitney Johnson also worked on Hook & Ladder, Shady Lady Saloon and LowBrau. // Janelle Bitker

Anthony Giannotti works in Bottle & Barlow’s barbershop. // Janelle Bitker

The Drive-By ($9) // Janelle Bitker

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