Last night in San Francisco, Pepsi hosted a party at Pier 70 to celebrate Kola House, and the stndrd team was lucky enough to attend! Kola House is a brand new bar, lounge and experiential space that will be opening in NYC this spring. The legendary Swizz Beatz provided the soundtrack for the party. Craft cocktails were prepared by the Kola House resident cocktail curator Alex Ott. Guests like Jenne Lombardo got a sneak peak at what the NYC location will be like when it opens it doors and were also treated to an art installation from local San Francisco artists Jeremy Fish & Sam Flores. the stndrd crew definitely enjoyed the night and Kola House appears to be a must visit location when it opens its doors later this year!
More About Kola House:
Kola House is set to open its doors in spring 2016, in New York City’s Meatpacking District. To launch the Flagship location, Pepsi partnered with Lisle Richards and Eric Marx of well-known hospitality group The Metric (behind the Gilded Lily, The Wayfarer and more), to run the day-to-day operations.
Kola House’s experimental and elemental themes honoring the kola nut will be brought to life through resident cocktail curator Alex Ott. Ott’s unrivaled background in flavor chemistry and his superior knowledge of food and beverage pairings and global palates make him the ideal mastermind behind the development of Kola House’s cocktails and elixirs. A full artisanal menu from a rising resident executive chef will also offer specialty plates inspired by the kola nut.
The flagship location will also serve as a transformative event space for pop culture moments in music, art, style, film, sports and more. Pepsi is leveraging its partnership with Live Nation to help build out a special music series, Live at the Kola House, which will serve as tent pole moments throughout its year-long programming. Each of the intimate, stripped down performances will bring fans up-close to the artists both visually and acoustically for the once-in-a-lifetime shows.
To achieve the aesthetic, PepsiCo Design, led by Mauro Porcini, leveraged the creativity of an internal team and partnered with interior design firm, Kravitz Design Inc. “Kravitz Design worked closely with the Pepsi team to create a space that brings the Kola House vision to life as a multifaceted culinary and culturally exciting experience.” said Lenny Kravitz, President of Kravitz Design Inc.
Kola House will also include a modular series at key events in pop culture that will replicate the experience of the flagship location, with local themes and ties woven into the food, beverage and designs. The first of the modular locations will open as an exclusive VIP space in San Francisco during Super Bowl 50, at Pier 70 – a collaboration between Pepsi and DIRECTV announced last month.