The urban explorers behind Wanderlust Projects really went for it with their latest effort, an invitation-only speakeasy constructed in a watertower on top of an abandoned building in the heart of Chelsea. The bar was named The Night Heron and operated for six weeks, with guests meeting on a street corner at the right hour and then going down a dark hallway, across from a fire escape into a building that is slated for redevelopment. The guests then climbed 12 flights of stairs and squeezed through a trap door to find a "candlelit wooden cylinder outfitted with a bar, drink tables, and chandelier, all made from upright piano parts." The construction took about two months to pull off, and the only way to get in was to be offered the pocket watches that the organizers used to control the event. No tweeting, no pictures, and a once in a lifetime chance to risk life and limb for a cocktail and a view.
It seems pretty intense for a few cocktails but got rave reviews. Would you do it?
· Into the Water Tower, With Flair [Atlantic Cities]
· Night Heron Speakeasy [Official Site]
· A New York City Water Tower Doubles As A Hidden Speakeasy [Curbed NY]
· Nightlife Coverage [~ENY~]