Plum Blossom Parlor COVID-pod speakeasy
Currently open: Fri-Sun through February at 5/7/9/11pm;
Starting in March: Thur-Sun 6/8/10pm
Cost: $50-75pp per session
Below Gemini & Scorpio Loft, Gowanus, BK - use form on bottom of page for location
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While we cannot host our usual events in person at the loft, we present our new COVID-safe immersive cocktail experience, Plum Blossom Parlor. Over two months, we've built a jewel box speakeasy below our main space. It's a luscious indoor "garden" lodge, inspired by The Emperor's Garden: a corner of Forbidden City palace complex in Beijing that was untouched for about 100 years & was being painstakingly restored for the last 15, to open in...2020. Our installation is just a tiny bit of love from Brooklyn to China, at a time when the world couldn't be more split apart. See this article for an in-depth dive on our original inspiration as well as a sneak peak of the project.
How it works. The Parlor is designed for COVID pods of up to eight people (two minimum) and runs entirely unstaffed -- which means masks are not required once you're checked in. Handcrafted libations are pre-bottled & ready to enjoy on the spot or at home. A mini couch folds out, if you're booking for date night makeouts or pod cuddle puddles. Shared plate options are available by advance request, or you can BYO takeout for indoor dining. Simply book your time window & enjoy. You can also book the room for meetings, birthday parties, shoots, Zoom events, etc...absolutely anything, as long as no more than eight people are inside at any one time.
How to book. Starting in March, we're open Thur-Sun for three daily sessions: 6/8/10pm. Use the "book" link above to secure your date & time, and if you want to add other options after (see additional details below), use the "inquire" link to email us. To get more time in the Parlor, book back-to-back slots -- you then get the 30min reset break between them as bonus, for a total of 3.5hrs. Full night buyouts are possible as well, as long as there are no more than eight people in the Parlor at any one time. Stay tuned to the mailing list to be the first to know if we add sessions (like Sunday high tea or brunch!) or extend our run.
To book in Feb: send 2-3 specific date/time requests in order of preference. Current availability for 2.26-29: Fri 5pm / 9pm / 11pm. Sat 5pm / 11pm. Sun 5pm / 7pm / 11pm.
Gift options. You can gift the experience itself by booking on your recipient's behalf or pick up cocktails, glassware, or even a gold bartending kit during your booking or by making an appointment to browse. Not local to NYC or want to enjoy a taste of the Parlor at home? We can send you a selection of flavors as cocktails, individual custom ingredients, or even cocktail kits. Get in touch through the link above to talk about possibilities.
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House cocktails sample menu
A riff on the Jungle Bird cocktail, named after a Southern China forest bird. Charred pineapple tiki vibes. Dark rum, Skyy pineapple vodka, Campari, pineapple juice, lime.
Mount Emei Martini
Special: sugar free. Like the snowy mountain it's named after, it is powerful, smooth and lofty. Blanco tequila, Fino sherry, Regan's orange bitters.
Goodnight, Hong Kong
Spirit-forward nightcap with softened edges; traditional meets modern. Pierre Ferrand Ambre cognac, Amontillado sherry, Amaro di Angostura, Velvet Falernum.
Mu Jin Shu
Special: low ABV. Means "hibiscus" in Mandarin; floral and flavorful while being light. Hibiscus liqueur, ginger lemongrass tea, sweet vermouth, Peychauds bitters.
Season's greetings...from the Far East; warming spices for cold nights. Wild Moon Chai Spice liqueur, Laird's Applejack, Becherovka herbal liqueur, Black Walnut bitters.
Special: excellent in large format. House-favorite twist on a classic. Blanco tequila, Gran Gala orange brandy, local Brooklyn Barrow's Intense ginger liqueur, lime.