Good news New York, one of your favorite wine bars is gearing up to open their fourth outpost in the city.
Bar Veloce is a popular New York based wine bar from owner Fredrick Twomey. Established since 2000 in the East Village, Bar Veloce was inspired by Twomey’s frequent trips to Spain, France, and Italy. Traveling from restaurant to restaurant with all his belongings on one motorcycle, Twomey discovered how fun the experience was and endeavored to recreate a similar atmosphere in Manhattan. Inspired by the free and easy motorcycle culture of Western Europe, Bar Veloce quickly established itself as one of the East Village’s most important haunts.
Today, the bar is a regular staple of the neighborhood, and currently operates three other locations across the city. As a native New York theatre worker, Twomey brought along his signature style and flare for the dramatic with his new bar, and guests enjoyed an elevated Mediterranean wine oasis in the bustling heart of the Big Apple. Today Twomey’s popular bar concept can be found in the East Village, Chelsea, SoHo, and Columbus Circle. Soon though, a brand new location will be hitting the Bowery later this Summer.
Bar Veloce’s latest outpost is expected to open up at at 245 Bowery, at the corner of Stanton Street. Moving into a historic Bowery building, the location once housed the infamous Sunshine Hotel, a known flophouse that was documented in 2002 by filmmaker Michael Dominic. Eventually, the resultant press irrevocably damaged the hotel’s reputation and Sunshine was forced to close, eventually being replaced by the Bowery Diner. The building has since been converted into new a new restaurant/office space, but the history makes for quite the story for curious Bar Veloce patrons.
The location is rather spacious for the area, and offers a total of 136 seats inside for guests, including a 35-foot standing bar at the back of the room. Twomey is currently proposing operating hours of 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM every day, seven days a week, though those hours are subject to change as he has yet to finalize those hours with the community board. According to the bar’s website, there are two more locations planned for the future as well – one in LGA International Airport and another in Narrowsburg, NY. For further updates on the bar’s progression, you can follow Bar Veloce on Instagram.