The VNYL

The Late Late Guy and Adrian Grenier Made You a ’70s-Inspired Bar/Lounge/Record Shop

Also, There’s a Champagne Garden

By Ilana Dadras ·
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So, the guy behind the Late Late went ahead and opened a gargantuan ’70s-inspired bar in the East Village with a little help from Adrian Grenier... It’s called the VNYL, and its four floors house a champagne garden, a live music venue and record-size plates of candied-bacon quinoa sushi.

It’s open now in the old Nevada Smiths space. Here’s what else to expect, should you find yourself inside of it.

You’ll enter into the main bar/vinyl emporium, where the vibes feel properly ’70s.
The design was inspired by the Irish band Thin Lizzy, which translates to wooden walls, orange velvet benches, frosted globe lights and a white marble bar. Check it out.

You’ll peruse the record selection. Stop at a listening station. Listen to something.
Grenier hand-selected some Sex Pistols, James Brown, the Kinks... (We’ve got our top 10 right here.)

Then, we suggest climbing the stairs for some milk punch or other liquids.
A bartender will come tableside to mix up whatever you desire. There’s milk punch, gin-cucumber-mint drinks and the Clontarf Ranger (Irish whiskey, stout, blackberry, vanilla, cold-brew reduction and lemon), which sets the new bar for Irish coffee.

You’ll note the menu is particularly on-trend.
Things like candied-bacon quinoa sushi, “Out & In Sliders” (nudge, nudge) and black rice/salmon poke bowls.

Now onward to the third-floor champagne garden.
The walls are lined with palm trees. There’s a macramé swing. There’s champagne. We see a macramé revolution on the horizon.

Or there’s the Black Rose Room: a dark, moody, Gothic-style bar.
That’s where live music will happen monthly.

“But that’s only three floors,” you may be thinking.
Down in the basement, there’s a craft-beer-focused sports bar.

And that’s it.
There’s nothing else. Just that.

Ilana Dadras passes her days writing about good food, talking about good food and consuming good food. Occasionally doing other things, too.

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