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Pete Davidson’s new NYC bar tries to make Midtown cool

After $280,000 Investing in a Staten Island Ferry Along with his “Saturday Night Live” actor Colin Jost, Pete Davidson is now diving into the New York bar scene.

Davidson, 28, joins a long list of prominent investors behind the 19th-century townhouse-turned-bar, including music producer Mark Ronson and actors Nicholas Braun, Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis.

Synced pebble barthe new multi-story dive bar with a secret entrance over Rockefeller Center replaces a longtime dive bar so frequented by “SNL” cast members they often referred to it as “Studio 1-H.”

But Matt Kliegman, a partner investor in that space, told The Post he wanted the vibe to feel “homey” and “intimate,” despite the posh decor and high-profile backers.

“The other day I took my kids to FAO Schwartz and we came here,” Kliegman said of the bar, which officially opened on Feb. 28. “We are just one block from Times Square. We are in the building where Saturday Night Live is filmed. There is a wide spectrum in and around this area and so I think this is a place that can appeal to everyone.”

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A 19th-century townhouse that once housed an Irish saloon that survived Prohibition and the construction of Rockefeller Center is reborn as a glamorous, multi-level bar.
Nicole Franzen

The conversion will come full circle on the historic holdout estate that was once home to Hurley’s esteemed Irish saloon.

“Hurley’s has long been known for famous regulars like Johnny Carson, who had a personal back entrance, and novelist Jack Kerouac, whose writing at Hurley’s inspired the Pebble Bar’s name, David Letterman, who regularly filmed on the third floor and on the air for decades ‘Saturday Night Live’ cast and staff dubbed the space ‘Studio 1-H,'” read a press release.

The glass and brass bar on the second floor overlooking Sixth Avenue.
The glass and brass bar on the second floor overlooking Sixth Avenue.
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A standing area with dark stone tables on the second floor.
A standing area with dark stone tables on the second floor.
Nicole Franzen

Located at 67 West 49th St. on the second floor, the bar features a backlit glass and brass bar with seating that overlooks Sixth Avenue.

There’s a standing area with dark stone tables and brass drinks bars.

The third floor features a dark blue dining room that seats 35, brass table lamps, stone and wood tables accompanied by a curved leather bench. There is also an oyster bar and another third bar on the floor.

On the third floor there is a dark blue dining room with 35 seats and stone and wooden tables.
On the third floor there is a dark blue dining room with 35 seats and stone and wooden tables.
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Finally, the fourth floor is reserved for a function space called Johnny’s, which can accommodate up to 50 guests.

“Accessible only by elevator (and a ‘secret’ entrance via Rockefeller Center), Johnny’s features an intimate corner bar overlooking Sixth Avenue” with “vintage chairs, stone coffee tables and a classic black piano,” states in the publication.

The bar was designed by founders of acclaimed Gachot Studios, John and Christine Gachot, whose portfolio includes the newly opened Pendry Hotel in Manhattan West, the Glossier in Soho and Marc Jacobs’ West Village townhouse.

“Pebble Bar has a poetic presence: a historic townhouse that speaks to a time before Nelson Rockefeller leveled an entire neighborhood to build a deco metropolis,” Christine Gachot told The Post.

"Johnny's is the fourth-floor event space that can accommodate up to 50 guests and is accessed through a
Johnny’s is the fourth-floor event space that can accommodate up to 50 guests and is accessed through a “secret” entrance in Rockefeller Center.
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The tables are furnished with brass lamps and a curved leather bench.
The tables are furnished with brass lamps and a curved leather bench.
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Steak tartare from the Pebble Bar.
Steak tartare from the Pebble Bar.
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Pebble Bar's cocktail drink in the spotlight.
Pebble Bar’s cocktail drink in the spotlight.
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Max Kliegman (far left) and the rest of the Pebble Bar team.
Matt Kliegman (far left) and the rest of the Pebble Bar team.
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“With all its history, New York always needs more classics,” explained Christine. “We hope Pebble Bar will become a regular spot for locals and a destination for visitors. a place that is for everyone but hopefully inseparable from NYC.”

Kliegman, who is the co-founder and CEO of Black Seed Bagels and also owns the Smile; the Jane Ballroom; and Ray’s, a dive in the Lower East SideShe explained that it took a bit of time to work out an arrangement for the space, including the delay caused by the pandemic.

Construction of Pebble Bar began in February 2021, exactly one year after it opened.

Mark Ronson and Justin Theroux are also investors in Pebble Bar.
DJ and producer Mark Ronson and actor Justin Theroux are also investors in Pebble Bar.
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The bar has already made waves.

Actor Robert Pattinson threw a private party — the first at Pebble Bar — called an “after-after party” to celebrate the release of his film, The Batman.

But the playlist has to not been “Eazy” on the Davidson, who is currently dating Kim Kardashian as it featured West’s songs “virtually on repeat,” Page Six previously reported.

Investors include producer Mark Ronson, actors Nicholas Braun, Justin Theroux and Jason Sudeikis, and SNL cast member and comedian Pete Davidson.
Other investors include actors Nicholas Braun and Jason Sudeikis, and SNL actor and comedian Pete Davidson.
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Sources claimed that many of the rapper’s hits were played, including “Gold Digger” and “Fade.”

“I’ve heard a lot about Kanye. Not many people knew about this party, but most of the music played was Kanye,” a source revealed.

The Pebble Bar is open Sunday through Wednesday from 5pm to 12am and Thursday through Saturday from 5pm to 2am. The menu includes bar snacks, a raw food bar and seafood entrees.

https://nypost.com/2022/03/08/pete-davidsons-new-nyc-bar-is-trying-to-make-midtown-cool/ Pete Davidson’s new NYC bar tries to make Midtown cool

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