Frankfurt Artist Recreates His Neighborhood Bar At Hôtel Americano
When we first uploaded the above photo into our story, we worried that it was upside down*; then we realized it actually didn't matter because disoriented, confused, and slightly dizzy is exactly how you're supposed to feel at Bar Oppenheimer, a new pop-up bar that debuted this week inside Hôtel Americano.
Bar Oppenheimer is located in the basement of the hotel via a narrow cement staircase behind the hostess stand in the lobby. There's no sign, no big door with a velvet rope, not even a hint of the bar's presence anywhere in the hotel.
(However, that may be a good thing because when you eventually find it—as we did, after five minutes spent aimlessly wandering down hallways and opening emergency exit doors—you feel like you've stumbled into a secret room that no one else in the hotel knows about.)
The truth is that lots of people in New York know about this place. It was designed by Frankfurt-based artist Tobias Rehberger, who felt a desire to recreate his neighborhood bar in Germany, also called Bar Oppenheimer, in the basement of a Manhattan boutique hotel. Cool, right?
For more photos of the triply black-and-white striped bar, read on!
The "second edition" of Bar Oppenheimer is intended to be "a sculptural artwork and, at the same time, a fully functioning bar." Indeed, it is both, but as evidenced by the photos, it's more the former. The space itself is tiny and narrow (just like the original in Frankfurt), with a long skinny bar that extends beyond where the bartender serves so at one end, patrons can actually sit on both sides of the bar.
Meanwhile, the walls and ceiling all melt into one another in a wash of jagged black and white spirals that, as we mentioned before, made us feel a little dizzy.
The bar itself is open every night from 5pm onwards for the public the wander through, take pictures, pretend they've momentarily been transported to Frankfurt. However, the bartender only shows up on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, so if you want the full experience, plan to visit on the weekend (alternatively, the hotel is allowing folks to order a drink upstairs in the lobby bar and carry it down to Bar Oppenheimer, which is what we did).
Bar Oppenheimer will remain in the hotel for three months.
*For the record, the photo is in fact the right way up.
[Photos: HotelChatter; Hotel Americano]