Try This: 78-53-86 Is a Low-Key Cocktail Bar along White Plains for Audiophiles, Playing Vinyl Through Vintage Garrard 301sSeptember 27, 2017
Located behind an unmarked wooden door on the second floor of a new building called White Plains West is a speakeasy-esque cocktail bar owned by veritable vinyl nerd and cocktail-drinker Jay Amante. Housing his lifelong collection consisting of roughly 10,000 vinyls, 78-53-86 is a reflection of his family and their shared love of music. The seemingly random and difficult-to-remember bar name represents that family bond, as the numbers come from their old family landline number. “Things were different then,” says Amante. “All six siblings and our parents were still in one place. It’s an homage to togetherness.”
Amante tells us about his brother’s group back in the 80’s called Social Distortion, who provided music played on vinyl for parties and events, and how he would go to these parties as a young boy and enjoy the music. A turning point for Amante and his relationship with music was during EDSA Revolution in 1986. “Social Distortion rented a flatbed truck and parked it on the corner of EDSA and White Plains Avenue,” he narrates. “. . . and played music for the people while trying to overthrow a dictatorship.” That is when he learned of the value of music, he says, and this moment could perhaps be credited for bringing his interest in music to the realm of passion.
Now, the bar, aptly located a stones throwaway from the family’s protest site during EDSA Revolution, has become a venue for likeminded audiophiles to come together and enjoy good music over a quality cocktail or two. In fact, the bar does not serve any cooked food whatsoever, only offering truffled popcorn as a snack, so that “the customers [can] experience listening to music while drinking without any distractions.”
The bar offers a number of classic cocktails, but it’s their signature cocktail that we’d suggest you order for a first-timers visit:
IN A SILENT WAY
In A Silent Way, named after the famous Miles Davis album, was developed by their head bartender Jonathan Po, who has 6 years of bartending under his belt. The cocktail makes use of Japanese whisky as a way of mirroring their Japanese-style bar that fits only about a dozen people comfortably. The whisky is enhanced by cinnamon schnapps and orange liquor, and garnished with a slice of apple, making it a spirit-forward drink that is strong but still fruity and accessible.
A cocktails bar across White Plains that houses an expansive vinyl collection and plays jazz, electronica, indie and rock through vintage Garrard 301s.