See The Jewel-Box Cocktail Bar Inside A NYC Design Destination


cocktail bar with a painted mural of a dark-blue forest landscape

 Photo: Gentl & Hyers

In SoHo, the petite five-seat Guild Bar is tucked into an alcove linking Roman and Williams Guild, the artisan-stocked boutique featuring furniture, lighting and home accessories, and La Mercerie, the noted French restaurant by the same team.

A hand-painted mural by artist Dean Barger sets the moody tone for the star attractions: cocktails by La Mercerie’s director, Aaron Thorp, which he created to complement the bar’s bespoke glassware. The Phosphorescence, for instance, is inspired by a hand-blown coupe by Seoul artist Hyunsung Cho.

“I wanted to balance the look and feel of the glass with an unexpected, more serious cocktail,” Thorp says. “The recipe is based on different sherries and vermouths and finished with a hint of Szechuan-infused Campari. The resulting ruby color is perfect in Hyunsung’s coupe.”

And, of course, the glassware is available to recreate cocktail magic at home.