NYC got its first snow yesterday. This can only mean one thing, that New York just got a lot more “scrumdiddlyumptious.” Take advantage of the holiday season by bundling up and staying warm in one of the many festive pop-up bars around New York. So come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination.
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Living on the Upper West Side, Patrick, my friend Tori, and I decided to head to the newly opened Willy Wonka pop-up bar, also called the Holiday Cocktail Factory, at the LOCL bar in NYLO Hotel. We were one of the first to visit when it opened the first weekend of December.
Step inside the LOCL bar and you are surrounded by candy. Candy-cane handrails, giant lollipops and mushrooms seats bring Willy Wonka to life. Right off the LOCL bar, the Nylo hotel also includes a Champagne Bubble room in the piano area and a sweets shop in the library.
“Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker,” as Willy Wonka once said. We sat down and took a look at the whimsical cocktail list. With creative cocktail names such as Goode Goodie Gumballs, Violette You’re Turning Violette, Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberries, and That’s The Ticket and Scrumdiddlyumptious, you can’t go wrong with your choice. Each is Instagram-worthy and will dazzle and delight your taste buds.
Tori and I went for the most Instagram-worthy cocktail of them all, Goodie Goodie Gumballs. Made with Codigo 1530 Tequila, St. Germaine, bitter lemon, white cranberry and, yes, real gumballs, it is served in a vintage red gumball machine. The drink was sweet, but surprisingly not that sweet compared to Pat’s cocktail. It came with a lot of tequila so one drink is worth the $17 price!
Patrick ordered the Snozzberries Taste Like Snozzberies made with Four Pillars gin, lemon, Jägermeister, cinnamon foam, snozzberries (whatever these may be…) and a lollipop on top (not a real one, it was more of a gooey design)! It was a lot sweeter than my tequila beverage, but very strong.
Even better, $1 from every cocktail is donated to a wonderful cause—Save the Children. So it’s hard to find a reason not to make your way over to Nylo’s LOCL bar for a cocktail. You can’t reserve in advance, so get there early to snag a seat in this small and eccentric pop-up bar. Stay long enough and you could even win one of the 5 golden tickets distributed every night and receive 2 free cocktails. But hurry up, the pop-up bar is only open till February 1st
- Nylo Hotel 2178 Broadway, New York, NY 10024; (212) 362-1100
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