News that the incoming Williamsburg Hotel would feature a rooftop bar inside of a water tower really made a splash earlier this month. Now we’ve obtained renderings of the seven-story hotel that show it will offer an outdoor rooftop pool, a basement dance club, and a “stylish restaurant,” among other splashy amenities.
In all, there will be six bars in the 1,100 capacity building. Of course, plans could change (the liquor license application, which was endorsed by Community Board 1 earlier this month, hasn’t yet been approved by the State Liquor Authority). But here’s a rundown of the bars as they’re described in the liquor license questionnaire.
1. Lobby restaurant/bar with outdoor cafe
Shown above, the largest of the bars will be accessed through an entrance on Wythe Avenue, and it will accommodate up to 180 people for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You’ll be able to get drinks till 4 a.m. and breakfast just three hours later, when the restaurant opens back up at 7 a.m.
2. Guests-only bar off the lobby
You could almost live in the main bar/restaurant, but people with actual hotel rooms will also be able to patronize this 50-capacity lounge. It will serve light fare and also stay open until 4 a.m.
3. Seasonal outdoor restaurant and bar, 2nd floor
On the second-floor terrace, “festoon lights” will hang among vines above the bar. The dedicated entrance is on Wythe Avenue, and it will close relatively early, 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
4. Rooftop pool and bar
The roofdeck will offer a 40-by-14-foot swimming pool, a covered walkway, and a bar serving salads, sandwiches, small plates and drinks. There’s what appears to be a snake-shaped bar in between the dining area and the pool, where visitors will be able to shield themselves from view among some shrubbery and enjoy spacious seating at little round tables.
5. Water-tower bar
The one everyone’s talking about: serving cocktails, a $20 charcuterie board of speck, proscuitto, mortadella and cotto, and other light snacks, the 50-capacity bar will be accessible from an entrance on Wythe Avenue via the lobby elevator. It’s hard to determine how exactly the space will be retrofitted (not much information was given in the questionnaire) but we look forward to seeing what the inside will look like.
6. Sub-cellar bar
The basement bar will accommodate 100 revelers for DJs and dancing until 4am. Either you’ll have to shimmy around the couches or there’s a dance floor somewhere outside the area pictured.
And the nitty-gritty
Evan Altman, hotel manager of the Standard Hotel and the Cooper Square Hotel in the East Village, was tapped to run the hotel. He comes with glowing reviews from CB 3 District Manager Susan Stetzer, who praised his “ability to work well with the community.” The food and beverage managing director will be James Stuart, who also comes with impressive credentials, as he held a similar position at the Bowery Hotel and the Maritime Hotel.
The plans also include a ballroom, to be used for special events like weddings and bar mitzvahs. With only a 20-car parking garage to support all of this activity, Brooklyn Community Board 1 expressed concerns about the traffic the hotel will create, but the board still endorsed a liquor license earlier this month.
According to a traffic study by Equity Environmental Engineering, the development would not adversely affect traffic or parking conditions in the “primarily commercial area.” A no-standing zone would be instituted on North 10th Street to accommodate truck deliveries, pickup and the loading of passenger luggage. A hotel loading zone would be instituted on Wythe Avenue to accommodate taxi drop offs and pick-ups, “thereby not obstruction moving traffic.”
Construction appears to be moving fast at the site, which was previously an auto repair shop. “From a design standpoint, the Williamsburg Hotel’s plans successfully bring together the industrial history of the community with the influx of new development of the past 10 years,” the developers wrote in their liquor license questionnaire, noting that they were aiming to serve the “film and music professionals that are such an integral part of the North Brooklyn economy.”
That, and pretty much anyone else who enjoys cocktails and a dip in the pool on a summer day.