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torontoview May 29, 2010 12:59 PM

Can anyone recommend any great atmospheric bars for a cocktail in Manhattan? Not really looking for an atmospheric dive bar....more like somewhere really nice to have a drink and soak in the ambience. A view would be a plus (but not essential).

Thanks for the help!

  1. thew May 29, 2010 01:31 PM

    some good possibilities:

    angels share
    pegu club

    1. coasts May 31, 2010 04:32 AM

      if you are coming in from Toronto, many visitors enjoy the Boathouse in Central Park, the patio bar at Bryant Park, or even the rotating bar at the Times Square Marriott.

      if you're looking for something a bit less touristy, you could try Stone Rose.

      Stone Rose
      10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

      1. LNG212 May 31, 2010 06:45 AM

        Above are some good suggestions already. I'd add the Campbell Apartment, though it doesn't have a view, the interior is amazing.

        Campbell Apartment
        89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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          UnderemployedInNYC Jun 1, 2010 09:28 AM

          This is my recommend as well. It's so old school New York. And it is gorgeous.

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          torontoview May 31, 2010 04:54 PM

          Thanks everyone for the suggestions.

          1. Splendid Wine Snob Jun 1, 2010 08:18 AM

            Pegu Club


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            1. re: Splendid Wine Snob
              xman887 Jul 23, 2010 11:23 AM

              went to pdt for the first time last weekend. loved it. got thru on the phone at about 3:30pm and secured a table for two at 1:30am. stayed until last call at 2:45am. service was good. had a couple of lawn darts - tanguray, blanco tequila, chartreusse, green pepper, and lime - and they were very good. crif dogs looked good, too.

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              Littleman Jun 1, 2010 09:45 AM

              I love the Oak Bar at the Plaza overlooking South Central Park but the Boarthouse is much better. The Water Club is another great place overlooking the East River @ 30th. The view is outstanding. Food is nice as well.


              The Water Club
              500 E 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

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                redbecca Jun 1, 2010 01:46 PM

                both in midtown - Algonquin hotel bar, seriously old school; Bookends on top of the library hotel - but it can get very crowded with after work people.
                I guess Pegu has atmosphere to spare but I can't groove to British imperial nostalgia.

                1. D...DF Jun 2, 2010 10:52 AM


                  Bemelmans Bar
                  35 E 76th St, New York, NY 10021

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                    TooLooseLaTrek Jun 2, 2010 02:49 PM

                    One of my favorite places to have a drink or two is Cipriani in Grand Central Terminal.Well made drinks,although a bit pricey and you can sit at a table overlooking the Main Concourse.Very NY. And if you want you are just steps away from the Campbell Apt. as
                    LNG212 suggested.My wife and I recently did the Cipriani/Campbell Apt combo with brother and SIL who were don't get into NYC very often and they really enjoyed it.

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                      torontoview Jun 7, 2010 06:57 PM

                      Thanks again to everyone for the great suggestions. Heading to Manhattan for several days on Wednesday. Sure to hit a couple of these! Cheers.

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                        oliver_selwyn Jun 9, 2010 09:46 AM

                        For probably the best view (and prices to match) - I would suggest Salon de Ning, on the 24th floor of the Peninsula Hotel. It has views to South Street and Stunning views of Fifth Avenue and Central Park .

                        Salon de Ning
                        700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                          ManhattanLawyer Jun 11, 2010 01:02 PM

                          I second Salon de Ning. I also like the Bookmarks rooftop bar at the Library hotel. Never really crowded; great drinks.

                          For a completely different atmosphere, Bourgeois Pig or Pegu Club are good.

                          Bourgeois Pig
                          111 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

                          Pegu Club
                          77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

                          Salon de Ning
                          700 5th Ave, New York, NY 10019

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                          Beach Chick Jun 9, 2010 09:59 AM

                          Campbell Apartment at Grand Central is our place for cocktails when we are in NYC.


                          Campbell Apartment
                          89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

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                          1. re: Beach Chick
                            bronwen Jun 10, 2010 07:06 AM

                            21 has a wonderful bar, I think it is very underrated and hardly ever mentioned on this board. Also I love the King Cole Bar and Temple Bar.

                            King Cole Bar
                            2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

                            1. re: bronwen
                              redbecca Jun 11, 2010 03:44 AM

                              oh yes on the King Cole bar. Then you can go to Aquavit for dinner after.

                              King Cole Bar
                              2 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

                          2. Toot Jun 11, 2010 02:31 PM

                            The Mandarin Oriental lounge has a wonderful view and great cocktails. It's pricey but really nice.

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                            1. re: Toot
                              grouchomarx Jul 23, 2010 12:19 PM

                              I second the Mandarin Oriental! Elegance that can't be beat. And great drinks. Who cares if they're $19 a piece! Totally worth it.

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