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midvale4561 Dec 12, 2008 11:22 AM

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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    moomoo60 Dec 12, 2008 11:40 AM

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

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      Nehna Dec 14, 2008 04:02 PM

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

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        thew Dec 14, 2008 08:42 PM

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

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          JoanN Dec 15, 2008 03:20 AM

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

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      JC2 Dec 12, 2008 11:49 AM

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

      1. ssf36 Dec 12, 2008 11:49 AM

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

        1. Bob Martinez Dec 12, 2008 11:56 AM

          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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            MMRuth Dec 12, 2008 11:57 AM

            I agree.

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              brendastarlet Dec 13, 2008 06:29 PM

              Here's another vote!

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

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            moomoo60 Dec 12, 2008 11:57 AM

            Temple Bar

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              nikky Dec 12, 2008 12:42 PM

              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. LeahBaila Dec 12, 2008 12:49 PM

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


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                  JoanN Dec 12, 2008 04:34 PM

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

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                    MMRuth Dec 12, 2008 04:56 PM

                    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.

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                      brendastarlet Dec 13, 2008 06:30 PM

                      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. thew Dec 13, 2008 01:16 PM


                  pegu club on houston

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                    vatl619 Dec 13, 2008 02:45 PM

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

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                      brendastarlet Dec 13, 2008 06:37 PM

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


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                        Lettucepray Dec 13, 2008 06:47 PM

                        The Campbell Bar in Grand Central Station

                        I just love the atmosphere...very romantic

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                          uwsgrazer Dec 14, 2008 08:09 PM

                          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.

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                            Simon Dec 14, 2008 08:24 PM

                            -- 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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                              cortez Dec 15, 2008 05:04 AM

                              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.

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                                bronwen Dec 15, 2008 07:24 AM

                                Oak Bar at the Plaza, Bull & Bear at Waldorf

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                                  MMRuth Dec 15, 2008 09:11 AM

                                  Have you been to the Oak Bar since it reopened?

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                                    bronwen Dec 15, 2008 12:05 PM

                                    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.

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                                      MMRuth Dec 15, 2008 12:50 PM

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

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                                        dych Dec 15, 2008 04:32 PM

                                        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.

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                                          Simon Dec 15, 2008 06:34 PM

                                          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...

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                                            mrnyc Dec 15, 2008 07:33 PM

                                            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.

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