JFK airport getting first-ever speakeasy-style bar inside American Express lounge



Well at least when you’re ready to fly, you’ll be well taken care of.

John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City is adding a speakeasy-style bar to its Terminal 4.

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The 1850 bar will feature a menu by mixologist Jim Meehan.

The 1850 bar will feature a menu by mixologist Jim Meehan.
(American Express / JFK)

The bar, 1850, is set to open in American Express’ new Centurion Lounge at JFK. The bar, which references the year American Express was founded, according to a press release, is the first speakeasy-style establishment opened by the company.

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It will serve a menu of rotating cocktails developed by renowned mixologist Jim Meehan.

“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,” Meehan said.

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Entrance to 1850 will be hidden behind a copper paneled wall, in true speakeasy fashion.

Though the speakeasy doesn’t require a password to get in, it is only open to American Express card holders.

The lounge will feature a food menu from chef Ignacio Mattos, a four-time James Beard Award nominee, and a main bar with a cocktail menu also curated by Meehan.

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Though airlines took a hit during quarantine shutdowns, travelers are slowly beginning to creep back. Airlines have also begun adding flights as the holidays near.

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