the hype is real
While it’s not the first Gonzo-themed bar we’ve seen over the years, it will certainly be one worth checking out. The owner and chef, R.L. King, is no stranger to theatrical spaces coming from being the chef at McKittrick Hotel’s The Heath and Gallow Green.
If the ‘70s don’t feel like ancient history, you’ll be right at home at this two-story restaurant, bar and lounge that takes its inspiration from that era. Named for the journalism style created by the writer Hunter S. Thompson, it has vibrant nightclub décor, and a French-bread pizza like the supermarket staple that was popular at the time. The dining room and a bar are on the ground floor. Upstairs, there is a raw bar, charcuterie station and an all-weather veranda with cabanas and a tiki bar.
Bar Gonzo, which officially opens Nov. 9 at 515 Ninth Ave. near the Port Authority, ranges from 1970s nightlife to coastal California vibes. The menu features takes on childhood staples alongside vegetable fare, with tiki cocktails and punches to drink.
A bar inspired by Hunter S. Thompson has opened in Hell’s Kitchen promising some serious entertainment including fire breathers and burlesque performers – Bar Gonzo. The 70’s themed restaurant and lounge is owned by the guy behind Gallow Green and The Heath at the McKittrick Hotel and has some similar colorful decor to his other spots. The colorful spot also takes inspiration from other famed authors including Ernest Hemingway and George Plimpton but, rest assured, you won’t be getting any reading done here.
The bar has a chill vibe, with a rich, dark color scheme on the first floor, marrying a mix of retro and modern decor. Head upstairs to a spacious tiki-inspired bar with green and pink shades and a cozy side seating section adorned with flowers atop a bamboo canopy. There's even an outdoor space for couples to step outside and snuggle.
It's the '70s, baby. At this Hell's Kitchen bar, chef and owner R.L. King went all-out in his tribute to free-spirited writers like Hunter S. Thompson and George Plimpton with neon signs, marble detailing and various statues of the bar’s "spirit animal"–the peacock—throughout Bar Gonzo. The playful and tropical-style drink menu features sparkling cocktails, large-format punches and tiki drinks like the Jasmine Flower (Ford's Gin, pear puree, sparkling wine, edible flower) and Holiday Sangria (Aylesbury Duck Vodka, dry Lambrusco, Bengali tea syrup, seasonal fruit, mint).