The path to this Darkside isn't fear.
At the Darkside Bar, a new "Star Wars"-themed pop-up bar in SoHo, the price of admission is in your wallet: $33 via online reservation, $40 at the door. Enter the narrow, dimly lit space that first opened its doors at 201 Lafayette St. last week, and you'll find yourself transported to a galaxy far, far away — where Sith Lord Darth Vader and one of his Imperial Army troopers break out into dance moves choreographed to top hits from the past four decades and seductive $16 cocktails tempt you to order just one more.
The temporary venue promises visitors a "truly immersive galactic experience" with DJ'ed dance nights, "intergalactic burlesque shows," "alien speed dating" and "games of chance," according to its website. Owner Zach Neil, who has put his stamp on the city's nightlife scene with the Will Ferrell-themed bar Stay Classy, New York and the Tim Burton-inspired watering hole Beetle House, said the burlesque dancers performing Friday and Saturday nights from 9 p.m. to midnight come from distant galaxies. "Alien speed dating," he explained, "is costumed patrons speed dating based on their 'Star Wars' compatibility."
Neil and his collaborators are "huge Star Wars fans," he said, "and we like to do pop ups that are fun and make people happy." It doesn't hurt, we should note, that the timing of this project taps into the Force of a highly anticipated premiere: The eighth episode in the film series, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," hits theaters on Dec. 15.
If you decide (as we did) to flirt with evil at the Darkside before it closes on Jan. 14, here's what you'll find:
A buzzing neon side beckons would-be Jedi knights
Weaponry decorates the walls
The bar serves six specialty cocktails
The Blue Force, we think, is particularly enticing
The Imperial may seduce you, too
The Galaxy has its own gravitational pull
Table accents redirect your mind toward destruction
A loop of movie clips brainwashes you