(Pop-Up) Bar Review: The Casa Lolea Experience, New York

(Pop-Up) Bar Review: The Casa Lolea Experience, New York

Casa Lolea sangria not too long ago made a one-night look by taking on a swanky rooftop bar on the new The Dominick Lodge in New York Metropolis to function is ready-to-drink line of frizzante sangrias. This ‘pop-up’ vacation spot was adorned with neon, rosey-palette lights glistening over a wading pool, polka dot beanbags and balloons, a mixture of fake and actual arboreta, drink prep stations, and even a cotton sweet machine — all designed to help the friends with “selecting your Lolea expertise.”

What’s the Lolea expertise? Per their web site, and evidenced by their show of how one can create this expertise, it’s nonetheless you utilize Lolea’s sangria merchandise to “flip on a regular basis moments into distinctive, enjoyable, and pleasurable events.” When polka dots are their design mascot, you already know they’re being critical.

Casa Lolea was clearly aiming to glam issues up for selfies look on Instagram and TikTok. I, for one, am, and look destined to stay, a novice social media-ite. But even I dragged my husband round giddily to snap up enjoyable and kooky photoscapes. They weren’t half dangerous. It actually does seem like I’m having a grand previous time within the footage.

As for the Lolea expertise, they didn’t disappoint in jumpstarting the enjoyable vibe, and our moods shortly adopted go well with.

Do you have to be questioning at this level, how is this particular sangria? They offered three varieties — No. 1, No. 2, and No. 5 (sadly I used to be too distracted by this city Alice in Wonderland glow to ask what occurred to No. 3 and No. 4). Lolea No. 1 is a purple sangria that’s “a scrumptious frizzante sangria crafted with Tempranillo and Cabernet Sauvignon, Mediterranean citrus, gentle peach, and a contact of cinnamon.” Lolea No. 2 is a white sangria made with Macabeo and Airen frizzante white wine, once more with the citrus, however now with a contact of vanilla. Lolea No. 5 is their new “refined rose wine cocktail” utilizing rose made with Grenache and Tempranillo grapes, hibiscus flower “scents,” and ginger.

There have been three stations — the primary to pick out your sangria, which was poured over an enormous single ice dice, the second for choosing the fruit garnish, and the third to pick out your fresh-snipped natural garnish. Was all this manufacturing essential? Who is aware of, however the stations had been beautiful and it did spruce up the in any other case odd process of grabbing a drink on the bar.


As a begin, it’s onerous to go incorrect with any of those components if the top result’s meant to be sangria or a wine cocktail. All of those are extremely straightforward to drink. The alcohol is barely noticeable, though the signature character of the gentle purple, tart white, and effervescent rose does come by way of and helps differentiate the three cocktails. The sweetness by no means turns into overbearing, even after a couple of rounds. The drinks are quite gentle in physique and taste, and that is maybe the purpose — to create a drink that may stay a continuing companion that you would be able to sip all night time or all day lengthy to sit back with mates, even if you happen to’re not on an Instagrammable rooftop.


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