Updated: Sep 20, 2021
They have more than just vodka, I promise.
I’ve been coming to Bunker Club on the regular after work for several months. On a weekday afternoon, it’s a great place to unwind, read a book, and chat with strangers. It’s cool in the summer and warm in the winter, or maybe that’s just the booze. Regardless.
I talk to Rainier, like the mountain, one of a small staff of exceptionally friendly barkeeps. He makes a mean Hurricane, and he doesn’t judge you for ordering one at 4 pm.
He tells me that Bunker opened on April 4th, 2017. I’m impressed by his recall.
It’s locally owned by a husband and wife team, Haley and Ian, who also own The Pump Bar across the street. The building was vacant for a long time, Rainier seems to think it was some sort of woodworking shop in the distant past.
You may notice soon after entering that the Bunker has a very specific design aesthetic – Retro 50’s Soviet.
It’s a funny case of misplaced nostalgia. I doubt many of the young revolutionaries who frequent the bar were alive during the time of Cold War paranoia and M.A.D. missile crises. Mostly the owners just think it’s a cool look. And I agree.
I think it’s a curious thing to seek an escape from the chaos and drama of 2020 America – with all the recent talk of WWIII – in a bar with casual reminders of nuclear Armageddon everywhere you look.
Less thinky more tiki.
Speaking of, every Tuesday night is Tiki Karaoke night! And, every second Sunday of every month is Burlesque night.
But I still love it the most during the slow, late-afternoon happy hour.
To your health, Comrades!
And yes, Destro was here first.