Inspired by London’s infamous psychiatric hospital, BEDLAM is a new bar located at 40 Avenue C in Manhattan’s East Village, opened by Benjamin Maisani and Pablo Raimondi.
Bedlam’s decor -conceived by Sean Scherer of Kabinett & Kammer- honors the late
19th-century gentleman’s club/ parlor: think Robert Louis Stevenson and Edith
Wharton. The walls have been papered in Victorian era novels and dictionaries and
furnished with a collection of anatomical prints from the period, cases of oddities
and curios, old leather-bound books and artifacts of natural history. Expect a menagerie of taxidermy as well as various other objects of fascination. The new bar evokes the grandiosity of 19th-century parlor life, while paying homage to the literary, scientific and artistic pursuits of the age.
That said, Bedlam is also a 1600-square feet party space, with a terrific sound system and fully
equipped bar. Bedlam offers a brief menu of signature cocktails, (riffs on classics such as a gingered Whiskey
Smash, as well as a slightly modernized Negroni and Side Car) and several bottled and tap beers. Bedlam exudes an atmosphere of austere sophistication, while maintaining a lively and fun party venue. The space consists of two rooms—a large, main hall with a 35′ bar facing several cozy banquettes and an intimate back room- and it can comfortably accommodate up to 150 people.