Finally, there is a bar for “the banker that goes to work with his guitar strapped to his back.”
That gem is from a press release The Observer received this morning announcing the opening of The Randolph at Broome, a new bar set for 354 Broome Street.
According to the release, a motley assortment of friends–including a hedge fund manager, a bartender, a jazz musician and a real estate contractor–came up with the idea after tiring of the “B&T packed super club.” The site for their new venture is the former M Bar.
The bar will apparently have a “West Indies speakeasy” feel, and whether you like it or not, chances are you will be sauced by the time you head out to catch that cab back to the Upper East Side. The Randolph features a signature drink that sounds like it was made up during Sigma Chi’s Rush Week. The beverage, called the “Michael Derry” consists of “lemon concentrate, imported beer and vodka.” Awesome.
The full release is below.
The Randolph at Broome
354 Broome Street
For Immediate Release – September, 2007 Every now and then there is a moment when dissatisfaction meets opportunity and someone does something about it: in this case the result is The Randolph at Broome. A short while ago, a crew of friends made up of local New Yorkers – a hedge fund manager, a mixologist/bartender, a jazz musician and a real estate contractor – had a night out with a bevy of beauties and found themselves bored by the usual consorts of the B&T packed super club and the unnecessary goon attitudes that were often accompanied by an over-hyped yet underserved empty room. A few short weeks later they had bought Mbar, a local watering hole, and have transformed it into The Randolph at Broome; a spot where music, décor, and most importantly, real people meet and party.
The space calls on the charm of an old West Indies speakeasy featuring warm woods in reds, dark greens and burgundy closed in by an imported mahogany door and custom designed mahogany shutters. This private space is 1,500 square feet comfortably fitting about 120 people that will be made up of creative downtown types, sweet young night crawlers, and the occasional banker who goes to work with his guitar strapped to his back. There are 6 tables surrounding an intricate mosaic designed by Evan Sarki, son of poet M. Sarki. Antique Edison light bulbs light up the space and the scruffy, tattooed cuties serve well priced drinks in rolled up plaid button downs and black bow ties. Mike Cannady, NYC DJ and music entrepreneur is the music curator behind the space. Mike’s selections will feature an eclectic mix of new wave, classic 80’s, Indie and electro selections.
Domestic draft beers are selling for $5 while domestic bottled beer and imported drafts go for $6. Wine and imported bottled beer is $7 and mixed drinks are $9. Classic cocktails such as the Dark and Stormy and Goesling’s Cube Libre are $10; specialty cocktails such as the Pimms Cup and the Randolph’s own “Michael Derry” (a delicious concoction of lemon concentrate, imported beer and vodka) are served in pitchers for $30-$40. Located at 354 Broome Street between Elizabeth and Bowery, The Randolph is the equal and opposite reaction to GoldBar which resides on the other end of the block in every regard. This Randolph is bringing some balance back to the block and ensuring New Yorkers get the vibe they want and the nightly dance party they deserve. Weekends will be devoured by upscale professionals who love to get down. Weeknights include a Tuesday night Funk Dance party, Thursday 80’s party, and a Sunday tribute to Prince Party. The Randolph at Broome is a nightlife solution for Downtown NYC’ers wary of the weekend run-around.