Bowery Hotel’s Second-Floor Bar: To Open or Not to Open?

When we first started asking after the Bowery Hotel’s second-floor bar in March (the one that was supposed to be the real destination rather than the “guests-only” lobby bar), we were told it wouldn’t open to the public until at least late April. After it had its first private event on April 17, we asked again and were told the grand opening was at least a month away. Now, two months later, we’re told by the same rep, “The second-floor space will be for private events only, and there are no plans to change that in the near future.” Someone better tell the front desk — when we called the hotel just now, we were told, “The goal is July. So far there’s no date in July, but that’s how it’s looking.” And would it be open to the public?, we asked. “Yes!”