An Exclusive Speakeasy Bar Is Set To Open In New York’s JFK Airport
American Express has this week announced its thirteenth Centurion Lounge opening—which will call John F. Kennedy Airport’s Terminal 4 home. The expansive lounge covers more than 15,000 square feet over two floors—including its first-ever “1850” speakeasy bar.
The flagship Centurion Lounge and its speakeasy bar will be accessible exclusively by card holders and while there’s no password required, the hidden bar will be tucked behind a copper-paneled wall somewhere within the lounge.
Designed to evoke the Prohibition era by way of its design and sophisticated cocktail list, the bar will serve up classics like the espresso martinis and the boulevardier. “So many legendary cocktails have come out of New York City over the years, based around a variety of different spirits,” Jim Meehan, creator of the “1850” speakeasy cocktail menu––along with being the co-founder of NYC's PDT and its Hong Kong outpost––said in a statement. “With New York classics meets travel as the main theme, I’ve come up with a rotating cocktail menu that is experiential in nature and gives a nod to some of the city’s greatest bars.”
For frequent flyers who don’t want to start drinking during the morning hours, the “1850” space will double as a café by day, so that guests will still be able to experience the new design elements inspired by New York’s cultural landmarks. The lounge will also include a rotating list of local wines from New York, selected by Centurion Lounge wine director Anthony Giglio.
“We are proud that the new flagship American Express Centurion Lounge has made its home at Terminal 4,” Roel Huinink, President & CEO of JFKIAT, said. “Its unique features, New York-inspired design and cuisine fit in well with our vision to create memorable travel experiences for our customers. We are excited for our customers to have another one-of-a-kind experience to enjoy when we see more people return to their travels.”
For more information or to check if your credit card or frequent flyer credentials will get you into the lounge, be sure to check out the official American Express website.