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 event space. 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 music competition that has been running for almost a decade. Jaime has been the GM of a myriad of Manhattan restaurants, bars and bakeries. “The idea for Secret Pour came from our love for art, films, and speakeasies” added De Jesus. “Of course, the actual bar will be open to the public, but our fun secret will be a nondescript doorway near the bar, opening up to a full-on event space that we call The Zelda Room.” Check out Secret Pour's calendar of events here or social media for stories posted daily.
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. Customer favorites have been the Cafe Martini, Mi Cielo (a blue margarita), and Roberto's creation, the Pulp Fiction-inspired bev, Ezekiel 25:17. Patrons can pair their libations with a variety of savory and sweet menu items made to order by Jaime, such as "Jaime's Bomb Ass Buffalo Dip", the Bavarian pretzels and paninis of all kinds.
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 carries an array of events including open mic nights, karaoke, drag shows, comedy nights and more. The bar section is 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.