Welcome to the photo series Eater Scenes, in which Eater photographer Dina Avila visits some of the city's top restaurants to capture them at a certain, and very specific, point in the day. Today, an early Monday evening at Rum Club.
At Michael Shea's beloved east side cocktail den Rum Club, 9p.m. on a Monday evening — usually a night with a heavy industry turnout — is considered "early." Eater's cameras were on scene to capture the calm before the storm, as bartenders Emily Mistell and Adam Robinson poured $3 Fernet shot specials to a soundtrack featuring the Bee Gees' "How Deep Is Your Love," the Outfield's "Use Your Love," and more than one appearance by Hall & Oates.
By nine o'clock, several United States Bartenders' Guild coins came out to play — thanks to bartenders-about-town Jabriel Donohue, Jesse Card, and Jacob Grier — the latter of whom, per tradition, picked up the round after forgetting his coin at home. Go, look at a night at the Rum Club (before things start getting fuzzy):