Obscura Society NY Presents: Ward McAllister's Cocktails in the Catacombs - Atlas Obscura
Join us on an Atlas Obscura Trip in 2019 »

Brooklyn, New York

Obscura Society NY Presents: Ward McAllister's Cocktails in the Catacombs

Join us for an exclusive evening of cocktails and live music within the catacombs of historic Green-Wood Cemetery

Join the New York Obscura Society and Samuel Ward McAllister, the most elite (and permanent) resident of the Green-Wood Cemetery catacombs for a very special after-hours soiree.

During the Gilded Age, a time of immense wealth, opulence and growth for the city of New York, one man held the key to the city's most exclusive gatherings: Samuel Ward McAllister.  A self-appointed arbiter of high society from the 1860s to the early 1890s, Ward McAllister performed as an advisor in class and etiquette for the city's wealthiest families. He also kept what became infamously known as "The Four Hundred", a strictly maintained list of individuals who were lucky enough to be ranked amongst the creme de la creme of New York society and, amongst numerous other perks, receive invitations to Mrs. William Astor's legendary balls.

With fear of being buried alive rampant in the late 19th century, mausoleums were at the height of burial fashion when McAllister passed in 1895. He was laid to rest within the catacombs of Green-Wood Cemetery, a long, tunneled burial space embedded within a hillside that offered above-ground interment in its numerous vaults. Dating back to 1838 as the city's first garden cemetery, Green-Wood's winding, forested paths are lined with mausoleums and memorials by the leading architects and artists of the 19th and 20th century. Designed to be a space of beauty for the living as well as the dead, Green-Wood continues to be an open green respite for the public to come both to mourn and to remember while experiencing the stunning landscape and memorial art of the cemetery grounds.

On the evening of Saturday, October 25 the New York Obscura Society cordially invites you to join us at beautiful Green-Wood as we pay tribute to Samuel Ward McAllister with an exclusive evening of live music and libations within the cemetery's catacombs. Hosted by the legendary Dandy Wellington and His Band with an open cocktail bar featuring Hendrick's Gin, this is an autumnal celebration you don't want to miss. Join us as we make our way through Green-Wood Cemetery's elaborate gates and maze-like pathways to enter this very special hidden burial site for one truly memorable night.

Cocktail attire is encouraged; please keep in mind that the catacombs can be quite chilly at night. We'll be heading fairly deep within the Green-Wood Cemetery grounds, so sensible footwear is recommended, as is a flashlight.

This event is 21+.


Saturday, October 25, 10:00pm - 1:00am
Tickets: $80. Ticket price includes admission as well as open bar.
We'll be opening the gates at Green-Wood Cemetery's main entrance at the intersection of 5th Avenue and 25th Street, Brooklyn, NY at 10:00pm. Please arrive promptly, the gates will be locked at 10:30pm and will not be re-opened until our festivities conclude.
21+, please bring your I.D.