James Hamblin, in The Atlantic.
Apparently, cigarette taxes have an unintended consequence — they make people drink more.
The walls of the Cash Bar are papered in dollar bills. The bathrooms are decked out in gold, from the toilet seats to the walls, and framed portraits of Abraham Lincoln (face of the $5), George Washington (who appears on the dollar) and Benjamin Franklin (whose image is on the $100) are dotted throughout the space.
[Bar-owner] Lemieux, who is also a singer and has performed with the USO, said the cocktail menu was also meant to pay homage to money, with several drinks that were so-called cocktails of choice for past presidents.” The Abraham Lincoln, for example, consists of Crown Royal, apple Schnapps and cranberry juice. Other cocktails on the menu are named after various currencies from around the world.
As might be expected, the bar owners prefer cash over credit, but beginning next week, they will be accepting credit cards, with a $100 minimum purchase amount.
‘We’ll be fancy and have a $100 minimum because I just like to be fancy,’ said Lemieux, whose business card is a fake, folded $100 bill.” —A money-themed lounge called “Cash Bar” just opened in New York City. Happy Friday!