Vine & Barrel, a new “wine and whiskey bar,” has opened in Farmingdale. The Main Street storefront is a partnership between Christine Buchler, a veteran bartender and manager, and Robert Bernardini, who owns the Farmingdale liquor store, Uva Wine & Spirits.
“Farmingdale has so many bars,” Buchler said. “We wanted some place for an older, more mature crowd.” (This was also the idea behind Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro, which opened late last year on Main Street, about 100 yards north.)
Vine & Barrel stocks about 40 wines, half red and half white, all available by the glass for between $7 and $14. There are also more than a dozen small-batch whiskeys, imported and domestic, including Bulleit Bourbon from Indiana, Michter’s Rye from Kentucky, Talisker 10-year-old Scotch and Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey. Prices range from $8 to $40 (for Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon). Less adventurous quaffers will also find all the “regular” bar offerings, beer included.
Either Buchler or Bernardini is always on hand to help customers with their selections. Buchler has also put together a modest tapas menu of marinated olives, dips, cheeses and cured meats ($6 to $19).
Vine & Barrel is at 223 Main St., Farmingdale, 516-586-6367, vineandbarrel.net