Oscar Wilde Brings Old World Glamour to the NoMad

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Oscar Wilde

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Being lovers of all things literary, we can’t resist a good watering hole in the city that embodies the creative spirit. Oscar Wilde, located at 45 West 27th Street, the former headquarters of NYC’s Bureau of Prohibition and the mob who reportedly listened in on the federal agents, pays homage to the revered playwright as “a public place for private affairs.” With one of the longest bars in New York City at 118.5 feet, the newest addition to the ever-evolving NoMad district tempts patrons with an extensive wine menu, 300 whiskeys, 32 beers on tap—many of which are sourced from New York State—and a cocktail list from both the Victorian and Prohibition eras, including signature cocktails such as “50 Shades of Dorian Gray” with Plymouth gin, cherry liqueur, Chinese 5 spice, and citrus, as well as “Oscar Wilde’s Potent Elixir,” which features cognac, gin, Guinness, cassis, lavender, Champagne and orange zest. The 5,874 square-foot Victorian themed bar also features an additional standing whisky bar and a private events room.

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“We named our newest bar after Oscar Wilde, since he was longtime friends with Lillie Langtry, a successful British actress and socialite of the late 19th century and the namesake of Lillie’s Union Square and Lillie’s Times Square,” say co-owners Tommy Burke and Frank McCole. “Coming from County Mayo and County Monaghan in Ireland, we grew up reading Oscar Wilde and studying his literature. We want the bar to celebrate his legacy and become an inclusive destination for all.”

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Oscar Wilde’s artifacts were hand-selected from all over the globe, including a Belgium piano from the 1890’s, a standing clock from England from the 1880’s, painted glass from Milan dating back to the late 19th century, marble carved in Vietnam, one-arm bar chairs from Mexico, antique fireplaces and additional other-worldly design features.

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A contemporary and approachable menu with farm-to-table ingredients offers selections such as Crispy Cauliflower Buffalo Wings, buttered in rice flour and tossed with a Sriracha butter sauce, as well as the signature Wilde Burger, made with imported Irish Beef and topped with crisp house made pickled and chili aioli. Those in search of lighter fare can opt for dishes such as the Cured Salmon with fried capers, crème fraiche, jalapeno, and salted cabbage slaw.

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So, whether you bring along your dusty copy of The Picture of Dorian Gray to read while sipping on an old-world cocktail or simply stare at the opulence of this glamorous spot, you’ll leave knowing Oscar Wilde would have been pleased with your fine taste in New York City establishments.

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{Photos kindly provided by Simmer Group}

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