Owners Jaime Koons and Roberto De Jesus, longtime service industry professionals who went on to throw underground basement parties along with open mic and art events in Bushwick, converted a former nail salon into Secret Pour’s secret area. Jaime and Roberto are Bushwick residents with a combined experience of more than 25 years in the service industry. Before pursuing entrepreneurship, Roberto has been head bartender and manager of multiple locations. He is also the founder of Supreme BARs, a monthly hip-hop competition that has been running for the past seven years. Jaime has been the General Manager of multiple Midtown Manhattan restaurants, and most recently served as GM of Dominique Ansel Bakery in Soho. “The idea for Secret Pour came from our love for speakeasies, and movies and TV shows chronicling the Prohibition era,” added De Jesus. “Of course, the neon lights outside of the building are a dead giveaway that we’re running the bar in this space, but our fun secret will be a nondescript doorway inside the bar, opening up to a full-on event space.”
The focus of Secret Pour’s beverage program will be Jaime and Roberto’s thoughtfully curated yet extensive selection of beer and wine, along with Seasonal Batched Cocktails. Mixed drinks on deck include Punch Me Passionately, a sangria called Hello, Dali, a blue margarita named Mi Cielo, a gin cocktail - Rite of Spring, and a special Roberto creation (and Pulp Fiction inspired bev) dubbed the Ezekiel 25:17. Patrons can pair their libations with a variety of savory and sweet Waffle Sandwiches made to order, behind the bar by Jaime.
Beyond the bar, Secret Pour’s secret door first leads to a small, blacklight room filled with art (and mannequins) from Brooklyn Art Cave. And then there’s a full venue space, which will carry an array of events including open mic nights, karaoke, drag shows, comedy nights and more. The bar section will be filled with nostalgic touches including a boombox, an arcade cabinet and puzzle games, plus a jukebox, pool table and touch screen coffee table with more than 30 free games for patrons to play in teams. Roberto and Jaime will also be showcasing local Brooklyn artists via canvassed pieces, print work, and large wall panels made up of paint and acrylics.