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.
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The Bar: Yes, Prohibition was repealed on December 5, 1933.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.