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Bathtub Gin: Sipping History in a Roaring Twenties Speakeasy

Introduction

In the heart of Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, tucked away behind the unassuming facade of Stone Street Coffee Company, lies a portal to a bygone era—the Roaring Twenties. This hidden gem, known as Bathtub Gin, is not just a bar; it's a transportive experience, a flashback to the glamorous and rebellious days of the Prohibition era, infused with a modern twist. Founded by Brooklyn-born entrepreneur Dave Oz, Bathtub Gin is a celebration of the clandestine charm of speakeasies, where live jazz, burlesque, and meticulously crafted cocktails converge to create an unforgettable evening.


Crafting a Prohibition-Inspired Haven

The story of Bathtub Gin is woven with the threads of Prohibition history, a time when homemade alcohol was discreetly distilled and watered down in bathtubs to escape the watchful eyes of law enforcement. Dave Oz, the creator and owner of Bathtub Gin, envisioned a space that would pay homage to this rebellious spirit while offering a modern and immersive experience. Since its opening in 2011, the speakeasy has become a beloved New York institution, drawing in patrons eager to step back in time.


A Night at Bathtub Gin


As you step through the doors of Bathtub Gin, you are transported to the Roaring Twenties. The ambiance is rich with the echoes of live jazz, the allure of burlesque, and the energy of a DJ who keeps the night alive. The decor is emblematic of the era, with dimly lit corners, plush seating, and an air of mystery that sets the stage for an evening of indulgence.


The cocktails at Bathtub Gin are not merely drinks; they are crafted masterpieces. The bar takes classic cocktails, reminiscent of the Prohibition era, and reimagines them with new and exciting flavor profiles. The focus on gin, a nod to the speakeasies of the past, adds a distinctive touch to each creation. Every cocktail is a journey, a carefully curated blend of ingredients that titillate the senses and transport you to a different time.

Bathtub Gin Cocktails: Now in The Barsys App

Espresso Martini

Ingredients:

1 ounces vodka

1/3 ounce salted maple syrup

3/4 ounce Mr Black Coffee Liqueur

1/2 ounce white chocolate liqueur

1 1/2 ounce fresh espresso

Steps: 

  1. Add all ingredients to shaker.
  2. Add ice to shaker and shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds.
  3. Double strain into a chilled coup glass.
  4. Garnish with a light sprinkle of cocoa powder.


The Passion of the Negroni

Ingredients:

1 ounce Garden Gin

3/4 ounce sweet vermouth

3/4 ounce Apérol

1/3 ounce passion syrup

Steps:

  1. Add all ingredients to rocks glass.
  2. Add ice.
  3. Stir for 12-15 seconds until the drink is chilled.
  4. Top with fresh ice.
  5. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

Meet the Visionary: Dave Oz


At the helm of Bathtub Gin is Dave Oz, a visionary entrepreneur who is responsible for the business, branding, and management aspects of the speakeasy. His passion for creating a truly immersive experience is evident in every detail, from the decor to the cocktails. As a third-wave coffee shop by day and a speakeasy by night, Bathtub Gin seamlessly transitions from a casual daytime hangout to a glamorous evening hotspot.


Now celebrating its ninth anniversary, Bathtub Gin has become a staple in the New York nightlife scene, having served 2.5 million cocktails to a million guests. Dave Oz's commitment to preserving the essence of the Prohibition era while infusing it with a contemporary flair has solidified Bathtub Gin's status as a must-visit destination.


Beyond Manhattan: Bathtub Gin in Los Angeles


In December 2021, Bathtub Gin expanded its mystique to the West Coast with the opening of its Los Angeles outpost. Located as a secret second-floor enclave on Melrose Avenue, this new establishment takes inspiration from the allure of 1920s Hollywood. Whether in the heart of Chelsea or on the streets of LA, what happens in the Bathtub stays in the Bathtub—an invitation to immerse yourself in the mystique and revelry.

Conclusion

As Bathtub Gin continues to captivate patrons with its unique blend of history, entertainment, and meticulously crafted cocktails, it stands as a testament to the enduring appeal of the Roaring Twenties. So, the next time you find yourself yearning for a night of jazz, burlesque, and expertly mixed gin cocktails, venture behind Stone Street Coffee Company and step into the time machine that is Bathtub Gin—whether in the heart of Chelsea, on the streets of LA, or in the cozy corner of your home with Barsys.