Banzarbar’s head bartender shares her haunts


Eryn Reece has been enjoying some extra time off.

The mixologist is the head bartender at Banzarbar, a new concept above Freemans Restaurant that after debuting earlier this month is open Thursday through Saturday.

“I’ve been able to get out and visit more friends that I normally wouldn’t have been able to visit, which is nice,” said Reece, whose visits primarily include checking out other bars in the city.

But in the coming weeks, the 20-seat Lower East Side cocktail bar will be adding a few more nights a week to its hours.

“I’m going to be living there,” Reece joked.

In any event, she’s familiar with the grind. Before Banzarbar, Reece, 34, had honed her craft cocktail skills working with pioneering mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim and with stints at mezcal bar Mayahuel, the influential cocktail lounge Death & Co and the year-old Wooly Public in the Woolworth building. 

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