Park Slope’s new wine bar has a hard metal facade — but there’s nothing gruff about its warm communal seating.
At Wolf and Deer, owners Daniel Bailey and Raphael Hasid, have poured as much time into an 80-bottle list as designing a U-shaped bar that encourages neighbors to mingle.
Hasid — who owns the vino-centric Mediterranean restaurant Miriam across the street — has the food and drink covered; Bailey — who owns the upscale metal shop Hard Decor in Bushwick — took charge of the arty, semi-industrial design.
“We’re merging our skills,” Bailey said, adding it all adds up to an intimate vibe. “It gives the neighborhood something it doesn’t already have.”
The Fifth Avenue bar will open this week near St Marks Place replacing Total Wine Bar, which closed unexpectedly in September.
Wolf and Deer will have outdoor seating, a wide variety of cocktails and small plates of salad, cheese and cured meats — which has nothing to do with the place’s name.
In fact, the owners — longtime friends who each hail from Israel — named the bar after their baby boys’s Hebrew monickers.
Wolf and Deer (74 Fifth Ave. near St. Marks Place in Park Slope).