Owner Matt Levine collaborated with designer Chien Dao, the architect behind The Crown, The Lion, MoMa Curator Loft, Jade Jagger Building and Levine's past restaurant, Sons of Essex, to design The Handy Liquor Bar. Dao sums up the design elements for The Handy Liquor Bar as "authentic NYC, classic SoHo, music influenced, restored and timeless." Dao's use of classic moldings, custom rosettes and trims shows his dedication to detail. Dao describes the furniture balance of custom marble table tops, persian rugs, victorian armchairs, plush leather couches and the chesterfield tufted banquets a "design for unpretentious luxury, sophistication and comfort." Along with classic Jazz memorabilia, vintage cocktail leather bound books, mix and match antique frames line the ceiling to contrast the auburn and burgandy color theme.
"Set underneath its sister restaurant Chalk Point Kitchen, this dark-wood-enhanced cocktail lounge evokes a retro feel with leather banquettes, wingback chairs, framed photos of musicians from the '70s and a jukebox"