This is not a Saturday Night Live Stefon sketch: A swanky cocktail bar has opened a glass structure modeled after a water tower on a rooftop in Williamsburg, with one cocktail costing $150.
The Water Tower is a part of the Williamsburg Hotel, at 96 Wythe Ave. at North 10th Street, and it’s leaning heavily into its exclusive location with $500 bottle service and $525 caviar tastings, the Post reports. The idea is to start the 45-seat space as a cocktail bar and turn into a DJ-helmed nightclub as the evening progresses.
Drinks from Rael Petit start at a modest-by-comparison $22, such as the “message in a bottle” (rum, clarified milk, cinnamon cordial, blue majik pineapple juice, lemon). But the price rises sharply from there, like with a $150 number that blends tequila, Cocchi Americano, and white truffle-infused Aperol.
Food from executive chef Nic Caicedo matches the upscale drinks, with dishes like a white truffle grilled cheese and that $525 caviar tasting with Siberian sturgeon, classic osetra, and golden osetra.
The custom-built structure has floor-to-ceiling windows, offering views of the Manhattan skyline. Inside is filled with bright colors, kitschy murals, and plush velvet couches. It’s the sixth restaurant/bar concept to open in the hotel, with others including the rooftop pool and a Brooklyn Bread Lab cafe.
Shockingly, this isn’t even the first bar inside a water tower in New York City. In 2013, the people behind Brooklyn speakeasy Threesome Tollbooth operated the Night Heron, a speakeasy in a Chelsea water tower. It was “a decidedly illegal nightclub run by a group of adventure-minded artists” the Times wrote at the time.
The (legal) Water Tower is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 p.m. to 4 am.; reservations can be made at firstname.lastname@example.org.