The Bush twins were here over the weekend. John Edwards’s daughter too. Totally coincidental,” says Anthony Martignetti, the 25-year-old co-owner of Martignetti Liquors. But there were no dance-offs or catfights or any other Page Six-worthy behavior. “They were hanging out,” he reports. “It was definitely friendly.” The scene seems consistent with Martignetti’s plan to create a rock ‘n’ roll “dive nightclub,” more Lower East Side than meatpacking, a place where his friends and their friends and their friends could hang out all night. The bi-level space manages to be cozy, seedy, and sophisticated all at once, thanks to dim lighting, loungey red banquettes, and gorgeous design details, like the splashy, almost-tiki floral-print fabric covering the main floor’s walls. Bud and Miller High Life bottles cost $5 and mixed drinks start at $6, but more decadent drunks might go all out and get “white trash bottle service,” a case of beer packed in ice priced at $120, or a bottle of top-shelf liquor for $200 (“the cheapest bottle in town,” Martignetti claims). Another special feature: a $15 shot of absinthe, 110 proof, imported from Switzerland. As they always say, absinthe makes the heart grow fonder.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on March 22, 2005