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Quiet, clubby drink

My wife and I are looking for a quiet, pleasant clubby place for a cocktail - perhaps at a hotel bar. We used to go to Mark's Bar on the UES but it and the hotel closed. Any suggestions? We'll go anywhere!

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  1. TEMPLE BAR. It's like a really sexy british style club. Lafayette between 2nd and 3rd st. I believe.

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    1. re: moomoo60

      Actually its between houston and bleeker...agree, great bar.

      1. re: Nehna

        i've walked by there but have never been inside.
        what's the vibe like?

        1. re: thew

          Sophisticated brothel decor, low lighting, dark corners, classic cocktails, unobtrusive but efficient service, business-dressed crowd, all ages.

    2. Four Seasons Hotel (as opposed to the restaurant). Wonderful lounge area; a little pricey, but ...

      1. The Bentley Hotel, 62nd & York, has a quiet and nice bar/restaurant on the 21st floor. Good view as well.

        1. Bemelmans Bar is exactly what you want.

          At the Carlyle
          35 E. 76th St., New York, NY 10021
          at Madison Ave.


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            1. re: MMRuth

              Here's another vote!

              Also, the Blue Bar in the Algonquin, if you're in Midtown.

            1. Temple Bar, the bar at the Palace Hotel or Lexington Bar and Books come to mind...

              Temple Bar
              332 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

              Lexington Bar and Books
              1020 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10021

              1. I prefer my drink with a gorgeous view : The Lobby Lounge in the Mandarin Oriental: http://www.mandarinoriental.com/newyo...


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                1. re: LeahBaila

                  I was told you couldn't get into the Lobby Lounge unless you were staying at the hotel. Not true?

                  1. re: JoanN

                    That's what I was told as well. My husband went to "check out the bar" at the Mandarin and wasn't impressed, and I think I posted to inquire about it later, and was told that the "good" bar is the one you can't get into unless you are a guest.

                    1. re: MMRuth

                      That's right. The other lobby bar is very touristy especially now that it is the holidays. But it does have a nice view.

                2. bemelmans

                  pegu club on houston

                  1. love pegu club.
                    brandy library if you want to go far downtown too.

                    1. You would love Bar Centrale. Be sure to reserve. There's no sign, it's just upstairs in the brownstone above Joe Allen's.


                      1. The Campbell Bar in Grand Central Station

                        I just love the atmosphere...very romantic

                        1. The mezzanine-level at the Chambers hotel on West 56th between 5/6. I think it may be referred to as "the Library". It can also be accessed via Town.

                          1. -- the tiny bar in the back of Cafe des Artistes

                            -- the lobby of the Bowery Hotel is decent albeit a bit faux-clubby...i have mixed feelings about it but perhaps worth checking out if you happen to be in the area

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                            1. re: Simon

                              For me, both for my NY friends and visitors, it's the King Cole Bar at the St. Regis Hotel. Classic drinks in a wood panelled room with the newly restored Maxfield Parish mural as backdrop. Can't go wrong here.

                              1. re: cortez

                                Oak Bar at the Plaza, Bull & Bear at Waldorf

                                1. re: bronwen

                                  Have you been to the Oak Bar since it reopened?

                                  1. re: MMRuth

                                    To tell you the truth I haven't - I visit NY every 3 months and coudln't do it on my last trip. I hear they've horrible new-age music in it though, they certaily seem to be messing up the dear old Plaza.

                                    1. re: bronwen

                                      Will have to check it out. I did enjoy my drink at the Rose Champagne bar awhile ago, which is really a lobby bar.

                                      1. re: MMRuth

                                        The bar at the Gramercy Park hotel is gorgeous with great modern art.. Pricey but worth it. Go when you have time to relax in the lobby in front of the roaring fire.

                                        1. re: dych

                                          personally, i don't think 19/glass for average house-quality wine is worth it...

                                          me, i miss the old Gramercy Park Hotel, w/ the goldfish and the out of tune piano...

                                          1. re: Simon

                                            the upstairs bar is more fun.

                                            instead of a classic i'll throw in a newer spot, little branch. if you go early when they open its quite nice & clubby. the basement setting & oil lamps help that vibe along.