Inside The Water Tower Bar, A Speakeasy Atop the Williamsburg Hotel


If you missed the watertower speakeasy from back in 2013, you can now experience The Water Tower, a bar atop the Williamsburg Hotel designed in homage to New York City’s iconic water towers. Newly opened over the weekend, the lounge and nightclub sits perched above the rooftop pool accessible via a winding steel staircase. A balcony wraps around the main steel “water tower” structure which is cut-out with large panes of glass to offer 360 degree views of Manhattan and Brooklyn.


The interior decor features a reclaimed wooden floor, tufted velvet and leather couches, banquettes, and chairs, a marble bar, and an eclectic selection of gold, mirrored and wooden cocktail tables. A wall of vintage-style pop art by a local artist features slogans like “I improve with Wine!”, a quote about New York from the Frank Sinatra song New York, New York (“If you can make it here, I’llmake it anywhere,” a quote from writer Jay McInerney in New York Magazine, “All that can be said with certainty is, ‘The best place in New York is the night, the worst place in New York is the morning.”


Mixologist, Rael Petit who was at the helm of The Standard Hotel before, created the cocktail menu which includes concoctions like Heart of Gold (Patron Gran Platinum, Cocchi Americano, white truffle-infused aperol), Message in a Bottle (Bacardi 4yr, clarified milk, Chinese cinnamon cordial, blue majik pineapple juice, lemon), Purple Rain (Empress Gin, Cocchi Americano, Pear Williams, Plant People CBD oil) and Les Gnomes (Absolut Elyx, Singani 63, Ancho Reyes, ginger syrup, lemon juice). Small bites are also available, with a menu by Executive Chef Nic Caicedo that includes a Seafood Plateau of local seafood, a White Truffle Grilled Cheeze, and Caviar Tastings.

The Water Tower is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 AM to 4 AM.