New York – Existing Conditions is a new bar with a stripped-back aesthetic that goes against the rise of Instagrammable interiors.
By shifting focus instead to the technique and craft involved in making its drinks, the bar has created an environment that caters for taste and experience rather than visitors’ social feed.
‘From the guest’s vantage point, everything will appear simple and taste pure and delicious. We are trying to change the way drinks are made, not the way people drink,’ says Dave Arnold, co-founder and co-owner of Existing Conditions. ‘[The bar] is a platform for exploring every available technique and ingredient to create drinks that have never been made before and take flavours to new heights.’
Embracing technical production, the bar also houses a custom-made carbonation system to counteract the loss of fizz that most mixers experience when added to room-temperature alcohol. Instead, Existing Conditions will carbonate every ingredient, with ingredients frozen at minus seven degrees to retain the carbonation.
To avoid taste and ingredient bias, everything on the drinks menu is priced at £12 ($15, €13), including its non-alcoholic cocktails.