Chapel Bar is located in a historic 19th century church

Going to church has become much more luxurious.

A new members-only bar opened in Manhattan this week in a remarkably unique location: the interior of a historic 19th-century chapel. Designed by Roman and Williams, the eye-catching new Chapel Bar is open exclusively to guests of the Fotografiska Museum or members of NeueHouse.

” The concept of 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, ”said Josh Wyatt, CEO of Fotografiska and NeueHouse. “We bring together a base of close members who are passionate about promoting culture in their personal and professional lives, and we welcome the magical moments and passionate energy that will come from this coming together of minds and spirits. ”

Photograph: courtesy of the chapel bar

If you can snag an invitation to the dramatic bar, you’ll come across historic design cues alongside modern touches. The chapel was originally built by James Renwick Jr., the architect behind another place of worship that you probably know a little more about: St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Throughout the unique space, contemporary visitors will now discover a ‘denominational’ VIP room with experiential cocktail service, Floratorium floral installations and a photographic installation by Miles Aldridge that coincides with his Fotografiska exhibition, “Virgin Mary.” Supermarkets. Pop corn. Photographs 1999 – 2020. “

The bar’s cocktail menu pays homage to its unique location inviting “guests to drink at the altar spirits created by monks, priests and influential figures, both historical and folk, from around the world” . The range of selected drinks includes chartreuses, champagnes, gins and more, all with the aim of providing concoctions in a historical context.

Chapel Bar is located in Fotografiska New York in the Flatiron District at 281 Park Ave S.

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