A new Will Ferrell-themed bar would like to extend an invitation to their pants party. Stay Classy New York just soft-opened on the Lower East Side, and, well, this is like a yazz flute solo to our ears.
Owners Zach Neil and Brian Link opened the bar to pay homage to the endless supply of laughs they’ve had thanks to Ferrell’s career full of characters, from SNL classics like the Spartan cheerleader and Roxbury guy Steve Butabi, to his string of comedies including Talladega Nights, Old School, and Step Brothers. But their primary source of inspiration—and the movie that gave the bar its name—was Anchorman.
“That one was sort of like, he’s created something that’s absolutely ridiculous and I love it and I watched it five times a week for three years,” Neil told WPIX.
Their obsession with Ferrell quotables shows on the bar’s signature drink menu: you can order anything from a Smelly Pirate Hooker to a Mugatu Mule to a “We’re Going Streaking!” And, they take suggestions. (We’ll be putting in requests for a syrup-flavored “Smiling’s My Favorite” and a hangover-inducing “More Cowbell!”)
Since the duo seemed to know that there’s no better time to open a character-themed bar than just before Halloween, New Yorkers will have two chances to show off their best Ferrell character costumes. The official launch party for Stay Classy on October 23 is Anchorman-themed, and though the bar will likely be filled with very important people toting around leather-bound books, swilling scotch and spritzing rich mahogany cologne, feel free to bring your friends and dress as the whole lamp-loving, Sex-Panther-smelling Channel 4 crew. (Intrepid anchorladies are highly encouraged to keep those boys in line.)
If Talladega Nights is more your scene, the bar is hosting a similar night on October 30 for Ricky Bobbys, smokin’-hot blonde trophy wives, any twins who want to come as Walker and Texas Ranger, and haughty French racers. Shake and bake!
There’s no word on whether the man of a thousand characters will make an appearance, but considering his history of throwing down with lookalikes, we’ll keep our fingers crossed. There should be plenty of opportunities down the road—the bar hopes to eventually host movie viewing parties.
We're pretty sure this is a decision no one will regret.