Inside Beetle House, the New Tim Burton–Themed Bar

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It's showtime.
It's showtime. Photo: Melissa Hom

There’s now an actual space in New York to celebrate Tim Burton’s gothic films: Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Alice in Wonderland, and, of course, Beetlejuice. A new East Village bar called Beetle House has an “atmosphere and menu inspired by all things dark and lovely,” and that translates to cocktails like Edward’s Lemonade and Alice’s Cup O’ Tea, and dishes like Sweeney Beef, Victor Van Pork, and a Showtime Shrimp Quesadilla.

Owners Zach Neil and Brian Link are themed bar vets — in October, they opened a Will Ferrell–themed bar on the Lower East Side, Stay Classy New York. They don’t seem too fazed by a looming lawsuit from Warner Bros., claiming the bar is “artistic adaptation,” and “it’s like decorating your high-school bedroom.” The walls are mostly lined with original artwork and props, and, yes, Beetlejuice himself is the host. Take a look:

Coco Skellington: Bacardi rum, creme de coconut, lime juice, orange-blossom water, topped with crushed ice and orange zest.
Coco Skellington: Bacardi rum, creme de coconut, lime juice, orange-blossom water, topped with crushed ice and orange zest. Photo: Melissa Hom
The Beetles Juice: muddled blackberry and lime, tequila, blackberry schnapps, Angostura bitters, splash of cranberry.
The Beetles Juice: muddled blackberry and lime, tequila, blackberry schnapps, Angostura bitters, splash of cranberry. Photo: Melissa Hom
Edward’s Lemonade: an old-fashioned with orange bitters.
Edward’s Lemonade: an old-fashioned with orange bitters. Photo: Melissa Hom
Mad Shrimp: sautéed shrimp with chorizo on a bed of sweet plantains.
Mad Shrimp: sautéed shrimp with chorizo on a bed of sweet plantains. Photo: Melissa Hom
The dining room.
The dining room. Photo: Melissa Hom

Beetle House, 308 East 6th St., no phone

Inside NYC’s New Tim Burton–Themed Bar