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Red Room In the News

Where the Password Is Deco


Helene Stapinski

The New York Times

The Red Room at KGB Bar

NIGHT and day, New York reveals itself as the Art Deco capital of the world. I don’t mean just the obvious treasures — the Chrysler Building, Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center — but the Deco surprises that decorate just about every other block.

This seems especially so nowadays, with the growing interest in 1920s and ‘30s bar culture. Some of the detail is original, and some is hauled in from other places. But on a dark and rainy night, hurrying along under your slick black umbrella, you can move from Deco bar to Deco bar, Deco club to Deco restaurant to Deco hotel lobby, and not even realize it’s 2014. >> read more

Everything You Didn’t Know You Needed to Know About Absinthe


Kara Newman


Don Spiro / Photography by Brittany Newman

It was hard to say what year it was in the windowless upper floor of NYC’s KGB Bar: The vintage cocktail dresses and sharp-tailored suits suggested 1923; the anise-tinged absinthe pours presented on a green-fringed tray channeled 1823.

But no, it was 2023, where revelers turned out to enjoy burlesque and anise-spiked cocktails at an event hosted by the Green Fairy Society. Once a Belle Époque darling, today the legendary Green Fairy—a popular nickname for absinthe—is inspiring a new generation. >> read more

Standing up for Ukraine

See KGB Bar owner Denis Woychuk on ABC Eyewitness News March 7, 2022


Why so many NYC buildings boast tin ceilings

KGB Bar’s tin ceilings date back to the 1880s, per manager Lori Schwarz