NYC’s renowned photography museum Fotografiska is back open with incredible exhibits, and now their 19th century Chapel Bar is joining the fun.
For this one though, you’ll have to be a member to enjoy.
The newly revamped Chapel Bar comes from both Fotografiska and NeueHouse, the private work and social space that’s opened nearby in Madison Square.
Meant to be a gathering place for the cultural tastemakers of NYC, Chapel Bar dates all the way back to 1867, when it was known as the “Renwick Gem” Schoolhouse. It was originally constructed by James Renwick Jr., the architect who also designed St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
In this era, award-winning interior design studio Roman and Williams transformed it into a dark, sophisticated space that pays homage to its historic (and religious) roots. The breathtaking interior includes a moody jewel tone color palette, floral installations by Floratorium, photography installation by Miles Aldridge, coinciding with his Fotografiska exhibition, and a VIP “Confessional” room with experiential cocktail service.
As for the drinks? Inspired by its original purpose, the carefully curated menu of cocktails and spirits were all first created by monks, priests, and influential figures – both “historic and folkloric.” This includes a selection of chartreuses, champagnes, gins and more.
“The concept for 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,” says Josh Wyatt, CEO of Fotografiska and NeueHouse, “We’re bringing together a kindred member base who are passionate about pushing culture forward in their personal and professional lives, and we welcome the magic moments and passionate energy that will come from this gathering of minds and spirits.”
Or at least live vicariously through the gorgeous photos!