Arriving a shade after midnight on a Saturday to what seemed like the wrong address I asked the doorman for directions to The McKittrick Hotel, he smiled and told me I was in the right place. A short elevator ride later I was exactly where I wanted to be.
The place was busting with young, beautiful people enjoying themselves and especially their drinks. The house band, Heathens rocked the place with versions of familiar pop hits sung by Inyang Bassey.
The bar on the far wall draws you on almost magnetically. Back lit in warm, orange light the hundreds of bottles of booze appear angelic. The bartenders, clad in apparel reminiscent of the 1930's (the era the original McKittrick hotel was erected before abandonment) could not have been nicer. Quick, friendly service from a knowledgeable staff should be the highest priority of any establishment (just like Minibar!) and the Manderley had it in spades.
Whenever trying out a new place I first ask the bartender what they like to make and order it if it sounds any good. The barman replied with a handful of great answers and I asked him to surprise me. He did not disappoint. Both his selection and strength of drinks throughout the evening would have impressed even the most thoroughbred boozehound. The patrons of the evening vibed off the music and the staff resulting in a great light mood throughout the tables and dance floor. Looking forward to a second visit to the Manderley, but as of now I cannot say anything but great things about the fine establishment.
Some of you may know The McKittrick Hotel as the home of the famed Punchdrunk experience-theatre known as "Sleep No More." Attending the immersive film-noir take on Shakespeare's Macbeth is something I've procrastinated from doing for years. Though, according to those who have experienced "Sleep No More," the performance is "like totally crazy, but then cool, then I got lost alone and then I was creeped out, but then there was candy so it was amazing."