Gachot Studios creates cosy New York neighbourhood bar

New York City-based Gachot Studios has revamped a NoHo townhouse to host a snug cocktail bar, in which exposed stone walls and dark wood contrast a creamy colour palette.

Named after Jack Champlin, a beloved member of the NoHo community, Jac’s on Bond opened in February 2023 within a 1800s townhouse formerly occupied by The Smile cafe.

Seating niche with small tables beside bar counter
Jac’s on Bond features a series of niches for enjoying cocktails

Both the previous and new iterations are owned and operated by Authentic Hospitality, which tapped Gachot Studios to overhaul the interiors.

We wanted to open a place that felt like a causal hang out for our Bond Street neighbours, but also elevated and expertly executed, where adults could gather around a well-made cocktail and meet each other – a lost art in New York!” said the Gachot team, whose office is just a few blocks away.

Fireplace with a photo above and two chairs in front
Original fireplace surrounds were recovered in limewash plaster during the renovation work

Entered below grade through a heavy velvet curtain, the main bar space unfolds as a series of cosy niches and warmly lit corners.

A neutral palette of creams, browns and black was applied to create “a wonderful juxtaposition of the old and new; the rough and the sophisticated that we felt accurately captured the building and neighborhood’s history”, according to the team.

Guardrail with curved newel posts surrounds a staircase
A new guardrail with curved newel posts surrounds the staircase to the basement

The bar counter is wrapped in dark wood panels and features a St Laurent marble top, while a mahogany-framed arched bronze mirror reflects the scene from the bar back.

Two cylindrical columns and a pair of vintage 1920s sconces frame the bartenders as they mix cocktails, including the establishment’s signature Caprese Martini.

Custom camel-coloured pool table
A pool table with a custom camel-coloured top is positioned towards the back of the main bar

Opposite, newly revealed stonework above charcoal-painted wainscoting and a drinks rail spans between open fireplaces, which are lime plastered above.

“When considering the build out of the bar, we knew we wanted to preserve and showcase as much of the original 1800s townhouse as possible,” the design team said.

Bar with clusters of small tables and chairs
The Back Room offers additional space for expanded weekend service or private events

A series of circular two- and four-top tables topped with back-painted glass run along this wall, while seven Artemest barstools line up along the underlit bar.

In the centre of the room, a solid guardrail with curved newel posts wraps around an opening for a staircase, which descends to the basement.

A dining table within a niche, viewed through a mahogany trimmed arch
A dining table is placed within a niche accessed via mahogany-trimmed arches

A geometric fabric-wrapped pendant light hangs above the stairwell, and a pool table with a custom camel-coloured surface is positioned behind.

Formerly a wine cellar, the downstairs space has a dimly lit speakeasy vibe and features velvet-upholstered seats built into arched niches in the stone walls.

The original metal and wood ceiling was restored, and four 1970s table lamps by Czech lighting firm Kamenicky Senov Preciosa were added to create the right ambience for small private parties.

For larger events and expanded walk-in service on weekends, The Back Room is decorated like a parlour with lime-washed bricks.

Dimly lit basement bar in a former wine cellar
In the former wine cellar is another space that can be rented for private events

This space has a second bar, and can be configured with long dining tables, seating for small groups, or cleared for standing room depending on its requirements.

There’s also a dining space with tiled flooring tucked into a corner, accessed through mahogany-trimmed arched openings.

Banquettes built into stone arches with low lighting
Banquettes are built into the original stonework and the lighting is kept low for an intimate atmosphere

Adorning the walls throughout Jac’s on Bond are photographs of New York’s hip-hop scene in the 1980s and ’90s, by local artist Janette Beckman.

“Her photos are of a New York past – they highlight the up and comers of 1980s and 90s New York hip hop, including some names that went on to become world famous: Run DMC, LL Cool J, Salt n Pepa, Andre 3000,” the team said.

Exterior of Jac's on Bond with a sign in the window
Jac’s on Bond occupies the lower floors of an 1800s townhouse on Bond Street, in New York’s NoHo neighbourhood

Founded by John and Christine Gachot, Gachot Studios has previously completed hospitality projects that range from a boutique hotel in Detroit for watchmaker Shinola to an open-air restaurant on NYC’s Union Square.

The firm also designed the New York flagship store for the cosmetics brand Glossier, which includes soft-pink plasterwork and a Boy Brow Room.

The photography is by William Jess Laird.

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