Ray’s Bar | New York

Our 2022 Bar Ilegal Tour concluded on a perfect New York City night, at Ray's Bar in the Lower East Side.

Opened by John Rexer in the early 2000s, Café No Sé has become the beating heart of an international music scene in Antigua, Guatemala. This is the original home of Ilegal Mezcal + the first mezcal bar opened outside of Mexico.

Bar Ilegal is an experiential outpost of Café No Sé. After stops across the U.S, from Upstate NY in February, through to Florida, California, and Texas in the spring, Nashville, Montauk, and New Orleans in the summer, and back to Dallas in the fall, the Bar Ilegal 2022 tour came to an end November 17th with an absolute blowout at the iconic Ray's Bar.

Originally planned for just the Basement at Ray's but upgraded to a full bar takeover once the over 800(!) RSVPs came in, this was a party for the ages. The line wrapped around the block, Ilegal cocktails flowed at both the basement and ground floor bars, and Daniel Cotte provided free Ilegal flash at the tattoo station downstairs. And at 9pm, SUSU brought the packed house to its knees, with an electrifying set, full of crowd surfing, dancing on the bar moments.

We can't wait to get back out there next year. Until then, plenty to see in the gallery below (photos by Anthony Batista).