This venue is closed.
Albert Trummer’s knack for cocktails and whimsy didn’t die when he left Apotheke, the Chinatown spot he helped open. Now, he’s putting his drinks center-stage—literally—at Theater Bar, where immediately upon entering your eyes drawn to the magnificent bar on a platform stage—complete with red velvet curtains salvaged from old theaters and framed by bare bulbs. Cocktail waitresses dress burlesque-style and bartenders work their magic on unique drinks using Trummer’s signature house made elixirs, from a drink menu divided into “Acts,” listing lighter perfumey cocktails upfront and heavier drinks toward the end. The real magic, however, is performed in the exclusive “backstage” section by house illusionist Jeff Grow, who performs a show while mixing quality libations for $50 a head (4 person/ $200 minimum). It may be tough to find a seat but patrons—or “the audience”—can try for one of the upholstered banquettes or make their way up to the individual tables in the VIP balcony.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.