ECC Lower East Side — New York, USA
After delays, delays and more delays, the Experimental Cocktail Club Lower East Side has finally opened. With French boys creating the best of cocktails and music, and a German Coco in charge of the service, it’s a winner even for the tough NY crowd. The bar is located right next to risque cabaret club, The Box, and features glass windows so you can look inside, which is (for NY standards) unusual for such speakeasy spots. Designer Dorothée Meilichzon integrated the local multicultural neighbourhood into the design and themed the space after great colonial explorations, using Indian landscape frescos, leopard skin, rattan and peacock feathers, while keeping a French touch - bien entendu - just like Yves Saint Laurent would have decorated his Chateau Gabriel. Of course, the cocktails are exquisite, made from vintage and unusual spirits and liqueurs. A favourite is the ‘Vintage Stinger’, served with 1960s Hennessy Bras Arme and 1940s Imperium Creme de Menthe.