Brace For Coney’s – New Bar Graces SH

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Coney’s Bar is the kind of place you go to escape a sudden rain, but end up staying all day even after the weather has cleared. The jukebox, cheap at 3 plays for a dollar, is stocked with well-worn favorites (Lou Reed, the Ramones, Talking Heads) and the popcorn machine fills  bellies with a delicious snack and the the bar with the smell of butter.

Coney’s moved into the space that Bar Tweed vacated and has made major changes.

“We’re less into gimmicks and more into just having a good time.” Continue reading

Stiff Drinks, Stiff Collars At Bar Tweed

Boss Tweed approves.

Boss Tweed approves.

Something magical is taking place on 8th Ave between 56th and 57th Street. Bar Tweed, the latest bar in Shang Heights, opened to much fanfare on Friday night, stunning everyone with its originality and dedication to incredible cocktails.

Like its name, Bar Tweed is a play on the mid-to-late 1800’s, with sawdust on the floor and a no-stools bar layout, the throwback décor is meant to transport patrons back to the 19th century.

“I would say you could walk in there and do a total double take. Like, where am I?” asserted bar owner, Trevor Greene. “I think a lot of places now are so cookie cutter, and I was like ‘you know what? I’m not going to do that’. So we decided to draw from the past and make this a totally faithful recreation of how people used to party.”

Deadly in the right hands: weapon of choice at Bar Tweed

Deadly in the right hands: weapon of choice at Bar Tweed

Their specialty cocktails also recall a bygone period in NYC—all of them in fact—with each night of the week representing a different decade in the city’s history during happy hour.

“We wanted to keep the Gangs of New York feel, but also give people a taste of the city’s favorite drink from the twenties up through the 90’s.”

These drinks include the “Rum and *sniff* Coke” for 1980’s Mondays, the “Ginger Beer Highball” on 40’s Tuesdays , the “Filthy Martini” for jazzy 20’s Wednesdays, the “Brooklyn” (a play on the popular “Manhattan” cocktail) on 30’s Thursdays, and the “White Wine Spritzer” for Friday 90’s.

“The Spritzer is short of a joke. My Mom used to drink those, but we changed it up: it’s still refreshing and effervescent but there is a ton of alcohol in it.”

Blink and you'll miss it- the nondescript entrance of Bar Tweed evokes the speakeasies of days past.

Blink and you’ll miss it- the nondescript entrance of Bar Tweed evokes the speakeasies of days past.

Most of the time though, the mood is strictly 5 Points, with an accordion player late night on weekends and a piano in the corner open for playing and sing-a-longs.

“We want to become a fun fixture for the neighborhood. A lot of myself has gone into this place and I just hope people will accept it and enjoy themselves.”

If the success of Manhattan spots like The Dead Rabbit is any indication, then Bar Tweed is here to stay!

 

 

Bar Tweed

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 7:00-12:00/Friday-Saturday, 8:00-4:00

710 58th Street, 11220

347 244 4381