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Beetle House, Tim Burton-themed bar, opens in NYC

This is Halloween.

Actually, it's May, but Halloween has hit the East Village permanently with the opening of a new Tim Burton-themed bar, Beetle House (308 E. 6th St.).

"We want to change the way people are eating and drinking in the city," said Chris Neil, who co-owns Beetle House with Brian Link. The duo is also behind Stay Classy, New York, the ever popular Will Ferrell-themed bar that opened this past fall.

"All the bars in New York are very much the same: Irish pub, Irish pub, Irish pub, Irish pub, Irish pub, sports bar, Irish pub," Neil said. "And I'm not Irish and I don't like sports."

Neil, who prefers enjoying a drink without Monday night football fans rooting for some team on TV, was inspired to start the Will Ferrell-themed bar out of a love for the comedian's movies. "It's a place where you can just laugh and have a good time," Neil described. He aimed to recreated this aesthetic with his second bar project.

Both big admirers of Tim Burton, Neil and Link decided to create a bar and restaurant with a menu and decor inspired by the artist. Aiming for "a gothy, Halloween all year kind of feel," Beetle House came to life.

Tim Burton is in no way affiliated with the bar, though his publicist has been in contact with the bar for future promotions. "We've never had the privilege of meeting him, but now we have a place where his fans gather in New York," said Neil.

The TV-free bar won't show any of Burton's movies, just stepping into the deep purple walled Beetle House reveals the inspiration. "All of the decor is vintage, antique oddities," Neil said. "Medical equipment, old books ... all of these antiques are 100 plus years old and from all over New York and the world." Antiques, worth $35,000, in fact, decorate the bar which pays ode to "Sweeney Todd," "The Nightmare Before Christmas" and pretty much the entire Burton canon. More memorabilia, commissioned art, a spiderweb on the ceiling and a fog machine will be added before the bar's official opening.

Beetle House is currently in its soft opening, with doors open at 4 p.m. each day. The official opening night is May 6. And yes, Yes, Beetlejuice is on the menu. Take a look around.

Framed medical supplies welcome you into the bar

Yes, this is what you're getting into.
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Yes, this is what you're getting into.

Walls are decorated with fan art and memorabilia

Over 100 new Tim Burton-inspired pieces will be
Photo Credit: Melissa Kravitz

Over 100 new Tim Burton-inspired pieces will be added to the gallery wall this week.

The decor is really unusual

Body parts coming off the walls, old portraits
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Body parts coming off the walls, old portraits and more make this bar unlike any other in the city.

Chandeliers provide the dim lighting

Even Beetle House keeps it classy, New York.
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Even Beetle House keeps it classy, New York.

The small bar and restaurant has a totally creepy vibe

If you want an unforgettable first date, maybe
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If you want an unforgettable first date, maybe take your new Tinder match here.

$35,000 worth of antiques decorate the bar area

A $14 cocktail in this setting seems pretty
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A $14 cocktail in this setting seems pretty reasonable, actually.

On the menu ...

Drinks inspired by all of Burton's work. Drinks
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Drinks inspired by all of Burton's work. Drinks range from $12-$14, not including a $25 shareable "Big Fish" bowl.

And to eat ...

Mrs. Lovett's meat pies ... well, not quite
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Mrs. Lovett's meat pies ... well, not quite (we hope!) but plenty of food inspired by Burton's work. Both menus are subject to change based on New Yorkers' preferences, so go try them out and share what you think.

Beetlejuice Beetlejuice Beetlejuice may make an appearance

We'd also like to add that costumes are
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We'd also like to add that costumes are not in any way discouraged.

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