For those wanting a smaller, more quaint setting to ring in 2018, Eleven Fifteen Venue and Urban Garden in Manhattan is offering a way to escape the crowds during the new year, while still being a part of the action.
Since opening in Aggieville about a year and a half ago, Eleven Fifteen is primarily an event space for weddings and corporate events. But what most don’t know is the venue is in the process of opening an exclusive craft cocktail lounge.
“The market for Aggieville is it’s in a college area, so it’s a lot of college students,” owner Dell Ann Upp said. “We’re really not catering to that college-aged student. Our prices are a little higher, our drinks are very much more in depth and you get an experience as you watch the bartender make the drink.”
Upp said she felt Manhattan lacked a place where she and her husband could go and enjoy quality drinks that wasn’t also a restaurant, which is why they began toying with the idea of a cocktail lounge.
The lounge is at 1223 Moro St., just around the corner from Rally House Aggieville, where the Little Apple ball drop will take place at midnight.
“New Year’s will be the first time people will be able to get a sneak peek of what the cocktail lounge is going to look like,” Upp said. “We’re really excited that a lot of people don’t realize it’s going to be set up as a cocktail lounge, so it is going to be a surprise for a lot of people.”
The space has an Anthropology meets industrial hardware type of look — with exposed brick walls and wood barrel ceilings but filled with comfy, oversized lounge chairs for relaxing. Upp said the venue recently hired a mixologist from Puerto Rico, who has been perfecting his cocktails for years and uses locally sourced products.
“We use fresh herbs and just really unique products for all of our drinks,” she said.
VIP tickets to the New Year’s party are $35, with an additional hour to enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres and a reserved table all evening, and general admission tickets are $20. The party begins at 8 p.m. for VIP guests, with general admission opening at 9 p.m.
There will also be a party favors, a DJ to provide entertainment and a screen to project the ball drop, or guests can simply go outside at midnight to see Aggieville’s own ball drop.
“I’m most looking forward to giving people a chance to get dressed up and experience a new space and new concept, and what a better time than New Year’s?” Upp said.
For tickets or more information, visit 1115venue.com.