Tucked in between the ever popular Red Rooster, and French bistro Chez Lucienne, Gin Fizz just upped the cool factor on the block. One flight up the narrow, dark, candlelit steps, and a swoop of the velvet curtain, and I think I might have found one of Harlem’s best kept secrets. I imagine this is what the 1920’s must have felt like. Velvet couches, crystal chandeliers, and a bevy of long legged hostesses, alluring is the understatement of the year.
The new age Harlem speakeasy pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance, one of the most iconic eras this area has known through its spot on antique decor and platform for artists to showcase their talents. Gin Fizz celebrates both “the greatest black and American composers of our time” and the legendary artists that inspired them, attracting people of all different ages and backgrounds. “There is no particular look of customer, says Devyn, who manages the PR at Gin Fizz. We’ve had tables full of foreign businessman in suits and people that have been living in the area their whole lives. We wanted to have a place where all could come, be comfortable, and simply appreciate good music.”