Chapel Bar: the Newest Experience by Fotografiska and NeueHouse

An exclusive salon for communion, cocktails, and culture in NYC

The opulent interiors of Chapel Bar
The opulent interiors of Chapel Bar

By Ernesto Roman on 10.19.21

The immaculate Chapel Bar is the latest house of cultural worship conceived by Fotografiska and NeueHouse in Gramercy, New York. This intimate and exclusive private members bar will be a place of congregation for Fotografiska patrons and NeueHouse members. “The concept for Chapel Bar was to build a sanctuary for culture – a place to worship art, photography, fashion and music in a chic setting, surrounded by creative and curious individuals,” says Josh Wyatt, CEO of Fotografiska and NeueHouse, “We’re bringing together a kindred member base who are passionate about pushing culture forward in their personal and professional lives, and we welcome the magic moments and passionate energy that will come from this gathering of minds and spirits.”

The Gothic revival views from outside
The Gothic revival views from outside
Exquisite details from above
Exquisite details from above

The location is an actual 19th-century landmark, originally designed by James Renwick Jr., the architect who designed St Patrick’s Cathedral among other Gothic revival buildings and churches around the northeast. To align with the opening of Fotografiska New York in December 2019, CetraRuddy (One Madison, Williamsburg Hotel) led the architectural redesign process of Chapel Bar. The astonishing interiors are concepts by award-winning interior design studio Roman and Williams, with areas created for intimate congregation moments, a variety of jewel-tone color pallets, heavenly floral installations, angelical light fixtures, and a photography collection by Miles Aldridge including his famous Virgin Mary portraits from “Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn” – previously exhibited at Fotografiska.

Virgin Mary portraits from “Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn” by Miles Aldridge
Virgin Mary portraits from “Virgin Mary. Supermarkets. Popcorn” by Miles Aldridge

Chapel Bar is definitely a place for communion. The bar offers an experiential approach to a “confessional” room where the drink menu reads “Tonight we drink at the altar of spirits created by monks, priests and influential figures around the globe that have created some of the most delicious concoctions throughout the ages”; and includes a selection of vintage champagnes, luxury spirits, biodynamic wines, and a curated list of ten cocktails, transporting you on a journey around the world celebrating craftsmanship. To highlight a few: Chartreuse, made to this day by the Carthusian Monks since 1737, Trappist Beer Made by or under the supervision of monks within the walls of a Benedictine Abbey, Plymouth Gin created in the Black Friar’s monastery in Plymouth, England, D.O.M. Benedictine from the Abbey of the Trinity of Fécamp and mezcal, first smuggled into the US by a bootlegger dressed as a priest. Save your thirst and your prayers!

Plymouth Gin, with seasonal juice blend
Plymouth Gin, with seasonal juice blend
Champagne & Absinthe
Champagne & Absinthe

Desta, the ordained celebrant and Director of Cultural Engagement at Chapel Bar, was the former Director of Special Projects for the Standard Hotel’s Boom Boom Room and has an extensive background in luxury and hospitality brands (Dior, Emmanuel Ungaro, DVF, Thompson Hotels). The experience at Chapel Bar will be exclusive to NYC’s bon vivant, provocateurs, and culturati from the creative and nightlife communities, but to join the cult, you would need to become either a Fotografiska patron or NeueHouse member. We suggest penance and expeditious action.

Guests at Chapel Bar
Guests at Chapel Bar

Chapel Bar is located at 275 Park Ave. South (22nd & Park Ave.)

Wednesday – Saturday 6 PM – late.

 To inquire about membership, please contact patron.ny@fotografiska.com

 

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