Before becoming a crafter of cocktails, Doug Bickel was once a language teacher. Teaching both italian and spanish, Doug eventually became tired of his profession and decided that he wanted something more. He envisioned a career in which he was able to use his creativity and call the shots. He had bartended his way through college, and decided to pick it back up again as he transitioned out of teaching. He reentered the bartending scene at a steakhouse where he was quickly promoted to bar manager. It was there that he met his current business partner and together they crafted the idea for a vintage speakeasy concept. In 2015 the first Cork & Kerry opened.
Despite it’s name, Cork & Kerry is no typical Irish pub. While there are 22 craft beers on draft, the craft cocktails are what make this speakeasy stand out.
The idea behind Cork & Kerry is to craft unique and interesting cocktails and encourage people to try something new. Patrons of Cork & Kerry are amazed by the 500 whiskies on display and the origional drink concepts as there is literally no end to the variety of cocktails. Cork & Kerry’s counterintuitive marketing approach means that they actually try to keep people from finding them. They do not advertise, nor do they have a web presence. Just like the speakeasies of the 1920’s it’s the kind of place that you’ll only find by word of mouth.
Cork & Kerry has two locations. One in Floral Park and the other in Rockville Centre.
The first location in Floral Park is located behind Roast, a coffee shop under the same ownership near the Floral Park train station. The bar can only be accessed from the coffe shop via a secret hidden door in an old style phone booth. When you open the door to the bar you feel like you're right back in the 1920’s. The large wooden bar extends to the other end of the room, and along the wall behind it are hundreds of bottles of liquor stacked to the ceiling. Old fashioned memorabilia and old photographs are sprinkled throughout the space and are complemented by the rustic wood tables and exposed brick walls.
The second Cork & Kerry, opened in Rockville Centre just one year after the first. Only this time, the speakeasy takes the shape of an old house from the 1600’s and is located in the heart of the village. Once you walk inside, you find yourself in a dark room with heavy drapes and black leather seats. At first glance the bar is hidden behind the stairs and it's not until you turn the corner that you know you're in the right place.
What's on the Menu:
Drinks are the main attraction at Cork & Kerry. Their menu of cocktails features some unique items such as Hey Jelly-Sy which has Tanqueray gin, Bonne Maman blackberry preserves, fresh egg whites, lemon, and bitters art to top it off. Their Lucky #9 won best cocktail on Long Island in 2016 and has milk-washed gin, acid adjusted orange juice, orange blossom and a touch of sea salt. if none of the drinks you find on the menu are calling your name, you can always have something made just for you. Just answer a series of questions from your bartender about your tastes, and they'll whip up something that will be sure to excite you. With a revoloving team of bartenders each with thier own style, Cork & Kerry is sure to always provide a stimulating experience.
Cork & Kerry Floral Park is located at:
143 Tulip Ave
Floral Park, NY 11001
Cork & Kerry RVC is located at:
24 S Park Ave
Rockville Centre, NY 11570