A speakeasy-style bar isn’t typically the place you’d go to see and be seen, but perhaps when it's located in one of the West Village’s buzziest restaurants, there are exceptions to be made. Venice Bar is the latest addition to Italian restaurant Saint Theo (one of NYC’s best new restaurants), located behind a velvet curtain near the host stand. Within, find plush and gilded interiors best enjoyed while sipping The Moonraker—a concoction of gin, Italicus bergamot liqueur, vermouth, and tincture of lemon and thyme. The bar is first-come, first-serve right now, but keep it between us that you can call first.
When you spot the luxurious shades of deep green on the block of Bleecker St. between West 10th and Christopher, you know you’ll have arrived at Saint Theo’s. This Italian-inspired stunner from Kyle Hotchkiss Carone's Grand Tour Hospitality (American Bar), Robert Goldman, and executive chef Ashley Rath (The Grill, Santina, Dirty French) opened last summer and serves a menu highlighting flavors of Venice and the Italian coast. While feasting on Housemade Pasta and Seafood, scope out a dedicated section of Venetian Cicchetti as snacks to enjoy with your first round of drinks while soaking in the sumptuous 110-seat space featuring Murano glass sconces, Venice Biennale posters, and mirror tiles to scope out fellow stylish diners. The restaurant also recently just debuted their next-door watering hole, Venice Bar, which seats 20 guests and features aperitivo cocktails and small bites.