But the highlight of the bar is the actual bar itself. Inspired by an old photograph of a bar made of a giant redwood tree trunk, Zander created a curved brass bar with a marble top, inlays and sides. It's what Zander calls a "leaning bar," which contours to the curve of a patron's body waiting to order a drink.
The space is dimly lighted, mostly by two copper-dipped, rectangular lighting fixtures hanging above the bar. And on the DJ turntables, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Interpol, Led Zeppelin and the Stones.
The T-Bizz, named after his grandfather's nickname, features Angel's Envy Bourbon, ginger syrup, apple cider, amaro, lemon juice and Angostra. All of the cocktails are $14.
"It's just a little bar," said Zander. "I hope this kick-starts the neighborhood."
Grandpa Johnson's is open Monday to Saturday from 9 p.m.