Here's an EXCLUSIVE first look at The Flatiron Room, a new whiskey-centric "bespoke bar" scheduled to open to the public Thursday night. As you can see, they still have a bit of work to do—something our photographer discovered when she arrived at the appointed time to shoot the establishment. This appointment was triple-confirmed with the bar's publicist this morning, but somehow we suspect this isn't what The Flatiron Room is supposed to look like—unless the next trend in mixology involves cocktails stirred inside hardhats, poured dramatically into glasses from high ladders, and finally garnished with freshly hand-grated sawdust.

Once complete, the Room will offer 500 varieties of whiskey (plus a full bar), nightly live entertainment and "a carefully chosen menu of light fare," including a menu "made from natural ingredients and served on boards to encourage sharing." Looks like they're preparing these boards in-house, using wood reclaimed from a very locally-sourced purveyor, amirite? Food options will include cheese and charcuterie plates, roasted bone marrow & brandade, Scottish eggs, oysters, boiled peanuts, slow braised short ribs and—hey heads up we're loading in more drywall here!

In addition to the world of whiskey—which can be purchased by the bottle and stored on premises in special lockers labeled with the customer’s name—there will also be cocktails created by bartender Miguel Aranda, previously of Daniel, Bar Masa and Apotheke. Customers will one day enjoy them in a room featuring 100 year old reclaimed floorboards, vintage Italian wallpaper, and black walnut tables. And behind the bar, the press release promises there will be "rows of cabinets house hundreds of liquor bottles, with ladders in place for staff to retrieve them." It may not be ready to open quite yet, but hey, at least they've already got the ladders.

37 West 26th Street