Manhattan’s Midtown district might not be known for its stylish nightlife, but the recently opened Ophelia lounge, on top of the Panhellenic Beekman Tower, is the frontrunner to change all that.
Created by Merchants Hospitality and co-development consultants Public Agenda, the historic 1928 space has been transformed into a glamorous, art deco-infused cocktail spot that boasts panoramic views of the Big Apple and the East River. Occupying the tower’s 26th floor, the 100-seat lounge brims over with intricately restored architectural details, including original windows with preserved ironwork and exposed original bricks.
Seating lines the lounge’s periphery, while a circular outer terrace, decorated with rich velvet banquettes and custom black and white tiles, provides ample room for guests to get cosy, while an encasement of 13-foot windows makes the most of the surrounding city views. At the lounge’s north and south ends, two exterior balconies provide opportunities for a breath of fresh air. Rooted at the heart of the lounge is a grand pewter bar. Positioned under vintage lighting and installed with curiosities and memorabilia from the building’s storied past underneath the glass bar top, it is a fitting homage to the tower’s original purpose – a residence for working women.
With classic and signature cocktails on offer, as well as a locally sourced menu of small plates to enjoy, this eclectic jewel box won’t be a secret for long.