Theatre Bar located on Franklin Street in Tribeca joins my list of favorite bars in New York City. When I heard that the bar was opened by noted mixoligist, Albert Trummer, I should have known. It’s undeniably true that I have a strong affection for cocktail bars, but I try to be very selective since the experience is always pricey, and the ambiance can either be too stuffy and pretentious. This one does not only deliver on the cocktail-making front, but the stunning décor and cozy atmosphere are what captured my attention.
We walked through plush couches and cocktail tables lining both sides of the room to make it to the bar all the way in the back. The high ceilings were decorated by chandeliers, and silk ribbons in the form of thin, elegant waves. The brick walls embraced enormous paintings, one of them displaying a little dancer standing on planet earth. Just precious. We went up a couple of stairs to where the crowd was standing, watching the show.
When we made it to the bar, bartenders performed as they’re expected to, leading the show in front of a live band performing right behind them. That is right, not only is the bar elevated, as if part of a stage, there is a stage behind the bar for live bands and other performances.
My friend greeted us, and we were taken to a side door, where we went through a long corridor, and up some stairs. We were welcomed by deep red candles burning and more velvety furniture. We sat down and as I glanced down over the stage, it felt as if I were seating right in the theatre in a box seat. Cucumber cocktails were brought up, and they were just fantastic. The private seats can be reserved in advance for a more intimate night with friends.
Later in the night, we even had the opportunity of going backstage (behind the bar), where the real action was. The back was also decorated nicely and artistically pleasing. We were able to speak to one of the very nice bartenders.
Theater Bar really stands out from the many cocktail bars New York City has to offer. With prices like $12-$18 for a typical good cocktail, everyone deserves terrific service, and a fun and creative atmosphere.
Photos and words by: Paola Mathe