Vessel closes.

Downtown cocktail lounge Vessel, the Fifth Avenue bar often admired and discussed on this blog, will serve its last cocktail on Thursday, December 23.

"Long story short: lease issues," wrote Jim Romdall, bar manager, on his Facebook page. Romdall gathered friends and colleagues of the bar together on Sunday, December 19th to share the news. "We are very close to securing a new space to reopen with, and the new concept is very exciting."

Over the past few years, Vessel has been the training site for some of the city’s best and brightest bartenders.

I am very excited to learn what’s on the horizon. I’ll speak to Romdall as soon as possible and update with details.

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