You’re going to see the The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater and you need to know where to get a drink afterward? No problem! We’ve got just the right post-theater bar for those going to see the longest-running musical on Broadway in New York City.
The Show: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-winning musical, The Phantom of the Opera, tells the story of a disfigured composer who haunts the Paris Opera house and becomes infatuated with its lovely lead soprano. As equally entrancing as the horror/love story is the stage set, which transforms from grand opera house to foggy subterranean canal where the Phantom glides along via gondola. Dazzling special effects also provide as much thrill as the romantic score, with unforgettable songs such as “Angel of Music,” “All I Ask of You,” “Masquerade,” and the famous title number.
The Bars: Such melodrama calls for a post-show crescendo; if it’s Saturday night, head to upstairs lounge at Papillon Bistro, which features the soaring voices of off-duty divas and divos belting out famous arias, 8pm to midnight. Any night of the week, the lounge at Noir is particularly fitting (4:30pm-1am), as the spot served as an opera venue in the 1920s. Its glamorous interior hearkens to those days with winding staircases, grand tiers and chandeliers. Don’t be surprised if you catch a few ghostly singers from the past trying to mash-in some high notes along with the dj.
What to Drink: The French 75 (Bols genever, lemon and champagne) at Papillon makes an elegant nightcap ($13). At Noir, the Manhattan En Noir is the signature, a stiff combo of rye, tawny port, grand mariner, bitters and vermouth ($15). There is also bottle service, with a roving premium spirit cart, charged by the ounce.
For where to eat before The Phantom of the Opera, see our pre-theater restaurant suggestion.
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