Declaring the "the secret’s out," The Mob Museum has released renderings of its "speakeasy" themed bar and boutique distillery scheduled to arrive next year.
The images confirm earlier revelations of the theme and Prohibition-era immersion for future guests heading down into the museum’s basement. The 2,600-square-foot, newly created space will direct visitors toward a vintage pharmacy tableau, before they surreptitiously knock on a nondescript door and interact with the bar’s security through a sliding window slot.
Once inside, a 203-square-foot bar with 15 seats, plus an additional 1,423 square feet of seating will welcome patrons with authentic period design, historically accurate bottles and lighting, flocked wallpaper and vintage film clips played behind the bar.
Hidden between photographs of actresses Louise Brooks and Clara Bow and Josephine Baker, a performer at Harlem’s legendary Cotton Club, a tall, framed portrait of a "flapper" will hide the entrance to secret, 175-square-foot VIP room. Plans submitted to the city also showed a temporary stage tucked away behind a stage curtain.
To better educate the public on the history of bootlegging and also provide an inspired source of side-income, a distillery and microbrewery will be installed to create the Museum's own brand of "moonshine" and beer. There will be room enough to provide tours of the manufacturing process and provide more historical context.
The earliest timetable for both areas to be functional is the "first quarter of 2018."