Moloko, the surreal bar drawing inspiration from 1971 film A Clockwork Orange, is now open on East 12th Street. It’ll feature cocktails created by Fidel Campbell, who used to work at Weather Up and owner Charlie Valentine.
"I love surrealism, and I love the idea of creating a space and experience, especially one that exists in reality,” Valentine previously told Eater. The Korova Milk Bar in director Stanley Kubrick's film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange was one of his influences, as well as what he calls the "final demise of New York City's punk rock scene" in the 2000s.
For Moloko, that all means a narrow black and white space and a nondescript exterior with a marquee simply spelling out “bar.” In Austin-style, there is an outdoor patio, and the entire bar is dog-friendly.
While the cocktail menu isn’t set in stone just yet, guests can expect drinks like the Tall, Bitter & Sweet with gin, champagne, and hopped grapefruit bitters, The Wolf’s Blood with bourbon and green chartreuse, and the Maybelle with tequila and cacao curacao. Wine and beer can also be found on the menu.
Moloko’s hours are from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. every day. There are no plans for food, but Valentine informed Eater that he is looking at a service where drinkers could order food from nearby trucks.
Nearby bars on East 12th Street include King Bee, Dozen Street, Full Circle, and Rio Rita’s relocation into Badlands’ now-shuttered space.