A Victorian-themed bar inspired by, and named after, the iconic Irish playwright and author, Oscar Wilde, has just opened in New York City. Covering a total of 5874 square feet, it has the longest bar in the city at 118.5 feet. It also has an additional standing whiskey bar with over 300 spirits, which reflects both the Victorian and Prohibition eras.
“We named our newest bar after Oscar Wilde, since he was longtime friends with Lillie Langtry, a successful British actress and socialite of the late 19th Century,” say co-owners Tommy Burke and Frank McCole. “Coming from County Mayo and County Monaghan in Ireland, we grew up reading Oscar Wilde and studying his literature. We want the bar to celebrate his legacy and become an inclusive destination for all.”
Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 and died destitute in Paris aged 46 in 1900. He was a prolific writer of plays, fiction, essays, and poetry. Among his most famous works are the novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray; letter, De Profundis; poem, The Ballad of Reading Gaol and plays, Salomé and The Importance of Being Earnest.
Open seven days per week, Oscar Wilde will also serve lunch and dinner menus. Its design features and artefacts were hand-selected from all over the globe, including a Belgian piano from the 1890s, a standing clock from England from the 1880s, painted glass from Milan dating back to the late 19th Century, marble carved in Vietnam, one-arm bar chairs from Mexico, and antique fireplaces and more.
Oscar Wilde is located at 45 West 27th Street, between Broadway and Sixth Avenue. For more information, visit the website here.