Bar Beat

All Good Things Poured: A Look at Public Services Wine & Whisky

Public Services Wine & Whisky is on the first floor of the historic Cotton Exchange building at 202 Travis. The place feels a bit like the giant living room of an old Southern mansion. Everywhere you look, there are elaborate, carefully preserved or restored details: intricately carved crown molding, antique light fixtures and elaborate paintings on the ceiling. It's as good of a place to sit and be thoughtful as it is to hang out with a group of friends or coworkers on the plush sofas.

It's only a block's walk away from the more bustling nightlife scene at Congress and Main--just down the block from Hearsay. Yet, it's so genteel that it feels a world away. Its closest cousin is the Bad News Bar, which also has an old-time feel to it. Yet, where Bad News Bar is all decked out in dark woods, Public Services is the lighter side of that equation, with eggshell white walls and golden accents highlighted by gleaming light sources.

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Phaedra Cook
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