Post-Theater Bar: Where to Drink After ‘Chicago’

Where to imbibe with a Prohibition vibe

You’re going to see Chicago at the Ambassador Theater and you need to know where to get a drink afterward? No problem! We’ve got just the right post-theater bar for Broadway’s longest-running revival.

 

Bathtub Gin, Chicago

A drink at Bathtub Gin makes for a nice complement to ‘Chicago’ (Photo inset: Jeremy Daniel)

The Show: The opening number, “All That Jazz,” discloses the era in which the musical is set: it’s the Roaring Twenties, in the Windy City, during Prohibition. Vaudeville vixen Velma Kelly and wanna-be starlet Roxie Hart are on trial for murdering the men who done them wrong. The story of how they manipulate the press and the public unfolds via musical numbers such as “Mr. Cellophane,” “Razzle Dazzle,” and “Nowadays.” The Tony-winning revival is the longest-running  American musical on Broadway and its longest-running revival.

The Bar: Yes, Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933. But that doesn’t mean you can’t still experience the excitement of drinking in a speakeasy. An unmarked door within Chelsea’s Stone Street Coffee Company opens to reveal a boozy, wallpapered salon with tasseled lampshades, a tin ceiling and an antique bathtub in the middle of the room. This is Bathtub Gin, a bar whose clandestine location hearkens to the USA’s dry days, and its name refers to the term used for the homemade hooch of the era. A bouncer mans the crowd at the door, and though dropping in is possible, it’s a good idea to make reservations.

What to Drink: Toast Roxie and Velma with The Jazz Age ($15), a blend of Brugal Extra Dry rum, Pamplemousse Rose, Roi Rene cherry liqueur, pressed lime, Peychaud’s Bitters and grapefruit oils; or the signature Bathtub Gin Martini ($15) with Fords gin, Dolin dry vermouth, Queen Cerignola olives and lemon oils.

For where to eat before Chicago, see our pre-theater restaurant suggestion.

Bathtub Gin
132 9th Ave.
646-559-1671
bathtubginnyc.com

Popular Buys

Popular Reads

  • Penthouse 808

    8 Rooftop Restaurants with Awe-Inspiring Views

    Read More
  • Fall 2014 Broadway

    The 14 Most Anticipated Broadway Shows for Fall 2014

    Read More
  • Coney Island

    The Top 10 Beaches In and Around NYC

    Read More
  • Best NYC Hotels for Families

    10 Top Family-Friendly Hotels in NYC

    Read More
  • NYC Bus Tours

    Ultimate Guide to NYC Bus Tours: 8 to Book Now

    Read More