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Hunter S. Thompson-Themed Bar Promises Fear and Loathing in Hell's Kitchen

By Maya Rajamani | October 25, 2017 5:02pm

HELL’S KITCHEN — You’ll be somewhere around 39th Street on the edge of Ninth Avenue when the drinks begin to take hold.

A '70s-themed lounge inspired by “literary libertines” like Hunter S. Thompson, Ernest Hemingway and George Plimpton is opening its doors at 515 Ninth Ave., near West 39th Street, on Nov. 8, the bar said in a release. 

Bar Gonzo's vibrant interiors are inspired by Me generation nightlife haunts like the Polo Lounge, Old San Juan Hotel and swanky Las Vegas nightclubs,” the release said.

The venue “skillfully marries modern sophistication with retro vibes and revelry,” it added.

The bar’s menu will include raw bar items, meats, and cheese and a signature “Latch Key Kid Pizza” — a “cheeky take on an iconic childhood staple” — as well as cocktails, punches and tiki drinks.

The lounge plans to host live performances ranging “from fire breathers to burlesque performers, famous DJs and everything in between,” its release said.

“From delicious food to decadent cocktails and over-the-top special events and entertainment, Bar Gonzo aims to reignite some of the hedonistic magic of an erstwhile era,” it added.