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Martini Bar with Style

Marco Oct 24, 2007 05:56 AM

My spouse wants me to take her to a Martini bar in Manhattan. Any suggestions for ones that are known for their quality mixes and quirky clientele would be greatly appreciated.

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    UES Mayor Oct 24, 2007 06:01 AM

    Park Avenue Autumn (aka summer, winter spring) has a seperate martini bar

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    1. re: UES Mayor
      Marco Oct 24, 2007 06:25 AM

      Thanks for the tip.

      1. re: Marco
        jsgjewels Oct 24, 2007 07:17 AM

        Not sure what you mean by quirky clientele, but I'm pretty confident Park Avenue Autumn doesn't have it. One of the cocktail lounges might serve you well - Pegu Club, Flatiron Lounge, Employees Only. Or on the more dressed up side, the bar at the Peninsula, Stone Rose Lounge at the Time Warner Center.

        1. re: jsgjewels
          PhishFoodie Oct 24, 2007 07:50 AM

          should probably add Blue Owl & death & co. to that list too... more quality cocktails...

          1. re: jsgjewels
            Marco Oct 25, 2007 06:07 AM

            Quirky was a bad choice of a word. All I meant was non-fraternity interestingly mixed with a vibe.

            1. re: Marco
              Bob Martinez Nov 5, 2007 08:52 AM

              I only made one visit to the Flatiron Lounge but it was filled with the biggest pack of poseurs I've ever seen. Awful people.

              I second the Angel's Share recommendation (go early, it's small and fills up) and will add Temple Bar. Very cool indeed.



              1. re: Bob Martinez
                Marco Nov 5, 2007 10:13 AM

                Temple looks good. Thanks for tip on Flatiron, will avoid.

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        lisette Oct 24, 2007 07:36 AM

        What about the Modern at MOMA? Don't know about their martinis, but it's a well-heeled crowd in a stylish setting.

        My other choice for old-world cocktails might be the Monkey Bar.

        1. Gluttonous Prime Oct 24, 2007 07:45 AM

          Angel's Share has great martinis and cocktails, and a quirky atmosphere and clientale.

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          1. re: Gluttonous Prime
            Marco Oct 25, 2007 06:09 AM

            Thanks Hounds for all the suggestions. We'll probably go to Pegu one night and Flatiron the other.

          2. SweetPea914 Oct 25, 2007 07:13 AM

            One of our fave's for Old world NY is Bemelman's at the Carlyle Hotel. DH and I love to start or end a special evening here.

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              marlie202 Oct 25, 2007 07:19 AM

              don't forget about SIMONE Martini Bar and Cafe 134 St. Mark's Place--they have many varieties of flavors

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                Marco Nov 5, 2007 04:39 AM

                We had a little drama on our subway ride downtown. We never made it to any martini bar.
                Thank you all for being so helpful. Next time for sure.

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