Bathtub Gin: New Speakeasy Opens in Manhattan

Although summer 2011 is the rooftop lounge season, the recently opened Gin Bathtub may be worth the trip back downstairs. This promising addition to the New York bar scene, named for the booze that was homemade during the Prohibition era, is tucked away in a nondescript, seemingly alcohol-free place – a coffee shop on 9th Avenue. The only indication of the activity that takes place outside of the cafe’s facade is a small picture of a bathtub painted on the window.

According to some cryptic information, diners looking for more than just caffeine should look for a fake wall with a red light over it – that’s where they’ll find the bar door. Once inside, diners will find a 1920s bar that is decorated with a copper-colored ceiling, fringed lamps, nail-headed bar stools and of course a huge claw-foot bathtub in the center of the room.

The project is led by the renowned Irish mixologist Sean Muldoon, who has just completed the revision of the cocktail program at Harry’s Steak. Muldoon’s partners on the project are Peter Poulakakos, also from Harry, and Dave Oz, veteran of the nightlife.

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