The Highline is considerably my favorite place in all of New York City. To me, the perfect activity is a stroll through the Highline followed by a cocktail in a place that does not require a dress code or standing in a line behind red ropes. I was pleased to discover a brand new 60s-inspired cocktail bar just steps beneath the 14th St. Highline entrance.
The Woodstock is the new kid on the block, and this kid isn’t trying to fit in with it’s older, more pretentious neighbors. The Woodstock is cool because it’s not actually trying to be. The wood-paneled bar transforms you back to a time where freedom of expression and individuality ruled, such as the namesake festival.
The Movers and the Shakers
High-quality cocktails at an accessible price point proved to be an obvious market need (especially in this part of town). James Morrissey, owner of Black Rose Hospitality (The VNYL and The Late Late), and co-owner David Sitt envisioned the Woodstock as a novel cocktail bar concept that would disrupt the neighborhood through a fast-casual model.
The Woodstock’s groovy beverage program is crafted by former Soho House Group’s D’Arel Miller. He reinvents favored classic cocktails with a twist, all at a price point of just $10 for a cocktail using premium liquors and quality ingredients. Those looking for ‘boujie’ or ‘extra’ spirits can choose from a varied selection for $15 and $20 respectively. Miller takes inspiration from the end of the 60’s when calls for political change were rampant in the country. The cocktails he developed reflect inclusivity and equality, two principal ideas The Woodstock takes pride in celebrating.
Floating colorful flowers and a vibrant window display lined with multi-hued bottles draw you into the Woodstock. Once you step inside, you’re immediately transformed to an inspiring era of American History. The Woodstock preserves the nostalgic details of the 1960s with relics and photographs. The lively space includes a fuschia pool table, communal seating, and a lounge area that truly evokes the welcoming aesthetic of a living room you would actually find during that pivotal time. You’ll see everything from a poster of J.F.K. to beaded curtains and to a rotating set of authentic Salvador Dali pieces displayed prominently.
Is this seat taken?
Cori Sue and I headed to The Woodstock on a Friday evening for post-work cocktails and conversations. Upon entering, we noticed quite a range when it came to the crowd, from co-workers to mix gender groups, older folks, and a few dates. We could certainly see how the casual cocktail bar and pizza haven could draw such a crowd, especially as it aspires to be a meeting spot for all. The thought-provoking bar channels peace and positivity, even if our current political climate doesn’t. We’d say it’s certainly the great spot to bring your parents so they can relive their heyday.
With so many incredible cocktails to choose from, we had to begin with the boldest and brightest of all. I started with the Light My Fire. A color-changing concoction is served beautifully in a lightbulb. The tequila-based cocktail calls for curacao, lemon, and blueberry habanero for an added kick. The cocktail makes a statement in presentation but the taste is even more delightful.
Next, we tried the Evil Ways. The tiki drink arrived in style and includes rye whiskey, matcha tea, lemon, tiki bitters and blueberry habanero. We were definitely into it.
Cori Sue can’t resist a good spritz and went with the Femme Fatale for her second drink. The Femme Fatale is essentially a classic aperol spritz combining St. Germain, soda, prosecco, and grapefruit.
The Woodstock even has an open kitchen equipped with a pizza oven that doles out delicious Neapolitan thin-crust pizza pies named after influential women. Cori Sue and I decided to share the Edie pizza which includes all of our favorite toppings. The pizza was incredible and rich in flavor from truffle, grapes, toasted hazelnuts, frisee, and black lava salt.
I paired the pizza with an Electric Ladyland cocktail. The vodka-based cocktail is stunning in chartreuse and incorporates curacao, hibiscus, lime, agave and angostura bitters. We have to say the Woodstock serves up “good spirits only” and lives up to the hype showing guests that an affordable experience does not have to sacrifice quality.
The Woodstock is a neat concept that disrupts the Meatpacking District through groovy vibes and high quality cocktails for a great price point.
446 W 14th St,
New York, NY 10014