45 Wine and Whiskey Bar at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York, 212 836 3200
Trump has not built his presidential library just yet, but the public gets a tongue-and-cheek preview at the newly opened 45 Wine and Whiskey Bar at Trump Tower. The space may be small, but it’s big in accomplishment; the best of Donald Trump’s presidency memorialized all over the walls in this 20-seater marble and velvet saloon. Highlights in black and white photographs allows visitors to relive 2017 to 2020 all over again while sipping on a wide variety of American-made whiskeys. Most notable: Two political figures most famous for their hair, The Don and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, meeting at the DMZ border to shake hands.
The most requested drink here is the Forty Five, a glass of American whiskey with a Diet Coke chaser and two beef burgers. Plenty of those were served the night of our visit. The West Wing (pretty much a gin martini) and The FLOTUS (a close French 75) are equally popular. The short bar menu comes from the same kitchen as the Trump Grill, which is set to reopen in its full glory in December 2021.
Surprisingly, the intimate setting is very exposed and open to tourists and gawkers taking pictures in Trump Tower’s Rojo Alicante-marbled atrium. But only after a few sips of Bullet Rye, do you realize you are staring at the most historical and original piece of artifact here: the escalator ride that changed America, when Trump kicked off his presidency on June 16, 2015.