Earnest it is not. The soon-to-be-opened New York bar, Oscar Wilde’s, is as flamboyant as the man himself. The gastropub, located in NoMad on 24th St., is trimmed, embellished, pruned, bedecked, and dressed in a mishmash of antiques found throughout the globe. Mexican one-armed chairs and 19th-century fireplaces meet caricature drawings. Waitresses navigate the cavernous 5,874-square-foot space wearing peacock-feathers—giving a nod to 20’s fashion as the bar is located in the former headquarters of the Bureau of Prohibition (or are the peacock feathers a nod to the rise of aestheticism that Wilde became fascinated in?).
Regardless of the clash in time periods and themes, the result is gorgeously fun and over-the-top (something we’re sure Wilde would have loved).
The star of the space is the 118.5-foot bar that wraps around the space like a marble serpent. Here, the staff serves primarily local beers, a Champagne-heavy wine list, and updated cocktail classics like the “Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir (cognac, gin, Guinness, cassis, lavender, Champagne, and orange zest).
A farm-to-table menu is also available and includes cauliflower buffalo ‘wings’ buttered in rice flour and tossed with a Sriracha butter sauce, as well as the signature Wilde Burger, made with imported Irish Beef and topped with crisp house-made pickled and chili aioli.
After a night of drinking far too much (as Oscar would have done), be sure to have a seat with the Irishmen sitting outside on the bench and whisper him a secret: “Work is the curse of the drinking classes.”
We were lucky enough to visit Dublin on an exclusive Oscar Wilde tour, you can read all about our fascinating adventures here.
The bar opens August 16.