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Butter & Scotch

Rating: ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7.0)


Butter & Scotch is the spunky, feminist cocktail bar to go to if you want to indulge in an inventive drink and give in to your sweet tooth. 


Butter & Scotch is a bar, owned and operated by women, tucked away in the vibrant neighborhood of Crown Heights in Brooklyn. This space is like a badass, tattoo-parlour filled with powerful female energy. Red valentine lighting, sparkly cocktails, boozy milkshakes, a bounty of desserts in the cookie and cake variety, and an all-female cast of bartenders are just a few of the things we loved about the no-fucks-given ambiance. They know they make good cocktails and desserts and if you don’t like it, you can leave. We hope to be back to try the Dewhopper boozy shake and their fiery list of bar snacks including Dee’s Nuts and the Butter & Scotchcorn. 


We love the witty cocktail names, unapologetic love for sweet indulgences, and everything this fun establishment stands for. To start, since 2017, they have donated over $40,000 to Planned Parenthood and other progressive organizations like the Ali Forney Center, Sex Workers Project, and The Sylvia Rivera Law Project. And if you’re really vibing with this energy, you can grab a “Fuck You Pay Me Equally” or “Count Orgasms Not Calories” t-shirt for $30. The masterminds behind Butter & Scotch are also opening a full bakery including their house favorites, plus the addition of traditional Columbian snacks. Look out for Love, Nelly coming soon to East Bushwick. YAAS QUEENS!


The Goods

“The Absolute Best Birthday Cake in NYC” 

Looking for a foolproof birthday cake to bring to a friend’s party? Not your birthday, but have a craving for that idyllic cake from your childhood? Sad? Happy? Try this cake. Named by Grub Street as “The Absolute Best Birthday Cake in NYC,” this moist, 3-layer yellow cake with cream cheese frosting and Butter & Scotch’s very own rainbow sprinkle blend will satisfy all your birthday cake desires. Strap in ladies, it’s a hefty piece and is best shared.

Drinks

These drinks will set you back $15 which is a steep price, even for the city. But, you can justify your spending by knowing that $1 from each cocktail goes to supporting Planned Parenthood. Drink up!

Madonna, Rihanna, Ilana

Rachel mostly ordered this because of the name. I mean, it speaks for itself. But if not, watch Broad City--you will not regret it. The cocktail itself is a concoction of bourbon, grapefruit, ginger, and amaro: a beautiful combination. But when eaten with the cake (or any dessert for that matter), it felt overwhelmingly sweet. 

Ghigau

This cocktail is an homage to “the women and flora indigenous to our continent.” It’s an earthy blend of yellow corn whiskey, fresh blueberry, sumac, pepita-maple orgeat, and douglas fir brandy. The unique and intense flavor profile is best sipped on its own, or perhaps with a bowl of plain, salty chips.

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