Oscar Wilde is set to open late May 2017 in the NoMad district as the longest bar in New York City at 118.5 feet. Located at 45 West 27th Street which is the former headquarters of NYC’s Bureau of Prohibition and the mob who reportedly listened in on the federal agents, the 5,874-square-foot Victorian themed bar will also feature an additional standing whisky bar and a private events room.
Celebrating the legendary queer Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet, Oscar Wilde will pay homage to the writer and will feature a wine menu that is Champagne focused, curated by wine and spirits director Denise Prykanowski. Johnny Swet is the head mixologist of Oscar Wilde who will craft a cocktail list that reflects both the Victorian and Prohibition eras, including gin slings, cobblers, mint juleps, bee’s knees, and much more. The signature cocktail is “Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir,” which features cognac, gin, Guinness, cassis, lavender, Champagne and orange zest.
“We named our newest bar after Oscar Wilde, since he was longtime friends with Lillie Langtry, a successful British actress and socialite of the late 19thcentury and the namesake of Lillie’s Union Square and Lillie’s Times Square,” says Co-Owners Tommy Burke and Frank McCole. “Coming from County Mayo and County Monaghan in Ireland, we grew up reading Oscar Wilde and studying his literature. We want the bar to celebrate his legacy and become an inclusive destination for all.”
Oscar Wilde’s design features and artifacts were hand-selected from all over the globe, including a Belgium piano from the 1890’s, a standing clock from England from the 1880’s, painted glass from Milan dating back to the late 19th century, marble carved in Vietnam, one-arm bar chairs from Mexico, antique fireplaces and more.