The Sidecar, a collaboration between Moore & Giles and barman Jim Meehan, weds world class bar design, timeless aesthetics and traditional woodcraft to produce a unique piece of handmade working furniture.
“A tribute to its functionality and an allusion to the classic cognac cocktail, the Sidecar also serves as a handsome hutch to showcase decanters or prized bottles; and is the ideal place to store bar tools and glassware.”
A water-jet cut aluminum frame reinforces the stained Virginia black walnut components, ensuring durability over decades of use. The butcher block-like bar top, sealed to prevent stains, has a shallow reservoir carved around its border to contain spills.
The Sidecar’s tabletop is bookended by two shelves padded with leather to deaden sound and reinforce the surface from wear and tear levied by repeated use of up to six bottles stocked on each end. A refinement of commercial bar design: the Sidecar’s shelves are an ergonomic innovation that speeds up service without compromising accessibility.
The bottles are cradled by leather-wrapped hexagonal brass handles fabricated to facilitate pinpoint steering and a firm grip. Built-in caddies positioned below house leather-lined serving trays for the bartender to butler rounds built for a table.
The leather-matted low cabinet is ideal to store backup bottles or tools stowed in a Moore & Giles Meehan Bag. The long cabinet conceals a handmade brass-bound wooden bin, accessible from either side of the cart via a sliding drawer, which may be lined to dispose of watery service ice. The shallow drawer above the long cabinet is perfect for coasters, the PDT Cocktail Book and bar tools.
To maintain consistent and unfettered access to the bin and drawer the long pocket doors utilize sophisticated internal hardware that allows them to slide inconspicuously into the body of the cart.
The knife handle construction and aesthetics, which inspired the Sidecar’s aluminum frame, are revisited in the exposed pins along the wooden bar that guards carefully spaced rows of thin brass rods forming orderly bins for storage of tumblers, highballs, pilsner, wine and cocktail glasses.
Polished brass handles are flush mounted into each Tuscan leather inlaid door to prevent interference with the server’s shins. The Sidecar rolls (or rests) on precision-turned casters fabricated for concert grand pianos. Solid brass and wrapped with a protective coating to preserve delicate floors: the wheels swivel and lock with precision.
A tribute to it’s functionality on either side and an allusion to the classic cognac cocktail, the Sidecar also serves as a handsome hutch to showcase decanters or prized bottles; and is the ideal place to store bar tools and glassware.
Wood: Virginia Black Walnut and Birch
Leather: Virginia Natural and Virginia Tobacco
Metals: Aluminum and Brass
49” W x 36.5” H x 23” D
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Jim Meehan, author of The PDT Cocktail Book, entered the hospitality business in 1995 as a student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked his way through school as a bartender before moving to New York City in 2002 to hone his palate and develop his craft in venues such as Five Points, Pace, Gramercy Tavern and the Pegu Club.
In 2007 Meehan opened PDT, a hidden cocktail lounge attached to a legendary hot dog stand in the East Village. In 2009, he received the Spirited Award for American Bartender of the Year at Tales of the Cocktail. The bar has received numerous accolades including the first ever Outstanding Bar Program Award from the James Beard Foundation in 2012. Jim is the mixologist for the American Express Centurion airport lounges at LaGuardia in New York City, DFW in Dallas, San Francisco International, and McCarran in Las Vegas.
In addition to his work behind bars, Meehan edited eight editions of Food & Wine Magazine’s annual cocktail book and currently serves as Drinks Editor for TastingTable. com. His works have been featured in magazines, newspapers, books, apps, television, the radio and a feature length movie. He and his family reside in Portland, Oregon, where he operates his consulting firm Mixography Inc.