Photos: Noah Fecks
Paradise Lost, a new immersive bar featuring tiki-inspired and tropical cocktails is now serving in the East Village at 100 2nd Avenue, near 6th Street. Partners Kavé Pourzanjani (Dear Irving and Nitecap) and Ray Sakover (The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley), and Josh Vera collaborated to create a campy, transportive experience that takes guests to a tropical “hellscape”.
The bi-level space, designed by 71 Collective (One Fifth, Turks Inn, Clover Hill), elicits a sinister escapism, and is anchored by eclectic decor such as an 8-foot- tall altar and a giant taxidermy bat head.
A fictional backstory known as “The Lore” surrounds Paradise Lost in which the bar exists in a cosmic plane known as "The Abyss” that is inhabited with unique characters. Many of the cocktails and design elements are inspired by ‘The Lore’ and the characters to further engage guests with this narrative.
Guests walk into the bar through a long, lush hallway lined with flora and are met with an entrance door clad in white fur. The dark, mystical space features shou sugi ban charred wood finishes, shagreen and snake skin banquette seating with custom fabricated tables made to look like classic surf boards, epoxy finished floors and a studded leather surfboard inspired bar.
Additionally, the space holds an expansive collection of taxidermy, including a bat head designed by an artist whose work is featured in the Smithsonian, and an experiential lighting installation that changes colors when certain drinks are ordered.
Tiki-inspired cocktails nclude the Beelz's Road Soda, a clarified Pina Colada with a rum blend, coconut liqueur, coconut water, clarified pineapple juice, and pandan; Chaos Magick, a nod to the classic tiki drink Black Magic with rum fire, green chartreuse, coffee liqueur, cold brew concentrate, Ras El Hanout syrup, and alpine bitters; Cobra's Fang with a blend of rums, Fassionola syrup, lime, orange, and absinthe; and the Tarman, a clarified milk punch version of a 1934 zombie with a blend of rums, falernum syrup, hibiscus grenadine, cinnamon syrup, grapefruit, and lime, clarified with soy milk. Additionally, a selection of rum flights, Ti’ Punch service and large format cocktails are also available.
Bar bites include Crispy Rum Spudlets with spiced plantation rum butterscotch syrup, sliced scallions, cotija cheese, and fermented Thai chili; Mezu Musubi, Japanese rice balls with the choice of inari, pastrami, or spam; Damned Dumplings, chicken gyoza with a spicy garlic butter glaze and cilantro; and Sticky Ribs with a tropical guava and dark rum glaze and garnished with crunchy fried garlic and chives.
Paradise Lost will definitely take your breath away and maybe your soul. The tiki bar is open daily from 5PM to 2AM. Reservations are available via Resy, and walk-ins are encouraged. For more information, visit www.paradiselost.nyc