Online Exclusive - Kolo Klub, Hoboken, New JerseyAug 2, 2012
By Alia Akkam
“There was nothing else like the biergarten in Hoboken when we opened,” recalls co-owner Ladislav Sebestyan. “Then we started thinking how there was no good artisanal cocktail bar in Hoboken, and that we had this space upstairs that could be it.”
Although open only on Friday and Saturday nights— on other evenings it morphs into a private event space— Kolo Klub has become exactly that, flaunting a menu of handcrafted drinks dreamed up by bartenders Michael Neff and Kenneth McCoy of Ward III and the Rum House in Manhattan.
Fond of a Prague club that merges cinema with drinks, Sebestyan and partner Andrej Ivanov turned to a fellow Czech, designer Jirka Kolar of Brooklyn, to instill a similar vibe. Adding richness to the space is the vaulted, handmade wooden ceiling and the bar, backed in serene green, white, and gold tiles. “I wanted to create a space that was warm and inviting for people to sit and have a drink,” says Kolar, while honoring the building’s industrial past. “I was interested in the history of the steel era and the Industrial Revolution.” This fascination translates to the windows, where painted blinds are playfully emblazoned with logos both real and imaginary, and walls are adorned with metal wheels and leather factory belts that reference vintage machinery.
“The décor is really just a softer version of the biergarten,” Sebestyan points out. “It is still Europe in the 1920s— but with more loungy furniture.”