Theater stars' favorite bars: Rock of Ages
The guitar gods and groupies of Broadway's Rock of Ages reveal their top drink spots.
Thu Mar 12 2009
Speaking of theater and bars, Rock of Ages opens March 17 and, in a twist that turns an evening at the theater into your more typical night out, will encourage the audience to get sloshed during the show. That's right: Instead of sneaking in bottles of water, you can order cocktails from your seat (VIP ticket holders even get to see the show from box seats tricked out lounge-style). Onstage, however, the cast's beer bottles will be filled with nothing but air—which is funny, since no one else in this city is ever sober when belting out tunes by Poison, REO Speedwagon and Bon Jovi. After the show, however, is another matter entirely. We asked the stars and crew to divulge their most beloved booze locales around town.
"I'm loving on Hecho en Dumbo! Fantastic margaritas, delicious sopes, and I can two-step stumble to my apartment...which is fantastic!"—James Carpinello (stars as Stacee Jaxx, rock star) 111 Front St between Adams and Washington Sts, Dumbo, Brooklyn (718-855-5288, hechoendumbo.com). Average drink: $9.
"I love the wine bar Vino Vino in Tribeca. They have an amazing selection of wines by the glass, and their cheese plate is deelish!"—Amy Spanger (stars as Sherrie, a small town girl livin' in a lonely world, and trying to fulfill her big-city dreams) 211 West Broadway between Franklin and White Sts (212-925 -8510, vinovino.net). Average drink: $12.
"1Oak. Mainly because it's hard to get into—and once the drinks are flowing, things can get crazy."—Constantine Maroulis (stars as Drew, a wanna-be rock star born and raised in South Detroit) 453 W 17th St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-242-1111, 1oaknyc.com). Average drink: $18.
"I drink at McSorley's, because they serve beers two at a time, and I love to double-fist my alcohol."—Chris D'Arienzo (the show's book writer) 15 E 7th St between Second and Third Aves (212-473-9148, mcsorleysnewyork.com). Average drink: two for $5.
"Arlene's Grocery. Rock & roll is alive and well in the back room, and the front room has an awesome, laid-back vibe."—Joel Hoekstra (plays lead guitar in the show's band) 95 Stanton St between Ludlow and Orchard Sts (212 995 1719, arlenesgrocery.net). Average drink: $6.
"Divine Bar...they have very large martinis and a rad pupu platter. [Director Kristin] Hanggi and I have done some damage there."—Kelly Devine (no relation), choreographer 236 W 54th St between Broadway and Eighth Ave (212-265-WINE, divinebar.ypguides.net). Average drink: $10.
Rock of Ages opens Mar 17 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. For info, go to rockofagesmusical.com.