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The Spaniard 1 American West Village

There is no lack of beauty to be found at the Spaniard: enormous windows offer natural lighting and observation of Manhattan’s passersby and shelter customers from the stresses just beyond the glass. Dark leather booths and pastel velvet stools line the space, accenting the relaxed atmosphere with nonchalant luxury. The four-sided bar is the centerpiece of the room: its all-around seating illustrates the Spaniard’s philosophy towards community. “We are welcome to everyone, regardless of who they are,” owner Mikey McFerran told the Manhattan Sideways team.

Although the Spaniard opened in 2017, elements of classic bar institutions can be found throughout the space. The design team worked to incorporate their favorite qualities of New York City bar giants, such as PJ Clarks and Old Town, while adding an original twist. “This is the modern version of what those old bars have become,” Mikey said. He elaborated that the Spaniard is what those staples would have looked like if they had opened today. The biggest modernizations are changes to the food on the menu and the hours. The menu features onion rings, burgers, and dishes that are characteristic of most bars today, and they remain open until 4am, to which Mikey added, “We want customers to feel like they can always rely on the Spaniard.”

Other inspirations come from two bars in Mikey’s native country of Ireland, one of which is also named “The Spaniard.” The European namesake possesses an intriguing air of mystery that he hoped to translate into his bar. Growing up in Ireland, Mikey was introduced to the world of Irish bars at a young age, and believes that “The New York drinking culture is shaped by the Irish.” His extensive experience in bars has instilled in him a deep love for the institution, as well as an admiration for whiskey. “There’s a story behind every bottle, so you should appreciate it,” Mikey explained. His respect for alcohol manifests in the diversity of his bar’s shelves. The bartenders, several of whom are also from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, will often act as a support system. They all try to encourage their customers to try new things.

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