Secret garden bar La Isla Escondida to open on April 17

The Mulberry Project crew follows up their wintertime pop-up Project 1919 with a tropical-inspired backyard bar

Mulberry Project

Mulberry Project Photograph: Lizz Kuehl

This past winter, the legendary, Little Italy–based Mulberry Project team launched Project 1919, a three-month pop-up speakeasy nestled inside a heated tent in the bar's backyard. Now the cocktail-slinging crew is trading the pop-up's dark-blended quaffs and jazzy bootlegger theme for boozy slushes and a taste of the tropics at this summertime follow-up, La Isla Escondida, set to open on April 17.

Appropriately translating to "the hidden island," the 900-square-foot outdoor retreat—which is located past the DJ booth and up a clandestine staircase—will feature $15 spiked ice cocktails from barmen Sam Ziar (The Bourgeois Pig) and Jasper Soffer (Pegu Club), as well as light Latin bites, Sunday pig roasts and film screenings.

The 70-person bar is but one in a long line of Mulberry backyard makeovers: Along with Project 1919, previous years have seen the space turned into a Parisian café, a lamppost-lit Brooklyn park and a High Line–inspired haven complete with train tracks and hanging plants. La Isla will run daily from 5pm until 1am, but if it's anything like its short-term predecessors, you'll want to get there quick—it'll be gone before you know it.

49 Mulberry St between Grand and Hester Sts (646-448-4536,

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