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Nov 4, 2012 06:49 PM

great bars midtown

i want to show a visitor the best bar midtown? I hear about great bars in the village but no go to places near GCS

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  1. There's a reason for that.

    Lantern's Keep is probably the best in that area.

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    1. re: Sneakeater

      Lantern's Keep is a NYC treasure!!

    2. How about Campbell's Apartment in GCS?

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      1. re: Desidero

        If you care about drink quality, that place is second-rate (if even that good).

        1. re: Desidero

          Campbell Apartment can be fun, but be warned that there's a dress code and it gets busy around commute hours...Nice atmosphere, if you are a cocktail nerd you don't really go there for the drinks.

        2. Lantern's Keep is the best of the ones I have tried, it's basically the midtown version of Milk & Honey. Don't be afraid to go off menu and let them customize a drink to your references. They make as much as possible fresh, in house, including fresh citrus and fresh pineapple juice. Great staff, wonderful drinks list. Closed Sundays. Make a reservation, if it's too quiet around 11pm, they often close early. It's more of a pre-dinner and post-show destination.

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          1. re: kathryn

            We went with another couple to Lantern's Keep. I was the designated driver and asked the waiter what I should order. He said: "leave it to me" and came back with a marvelous fruity drink with a slight hint of ginger. WOW!!

            1. re: kathryn

              This place sounds nice indeed, but a bar where you have to make a reservation 24 hours in advance to get a cocktail? Really? (It says at the website) I cant imagine that. Going to a bar is such an "off the cuff" event, to me anyway...I'm in the area, I want a drink...Dinner, yes of course that's a two/three hour event, but to get into a bar?

              1. re: gavspen

                It's not very big and it is not very high trafficked later on in the night, so a reservation means they know you're coming. It is not required. I've never made one but I tend to go earlier.

                1. re: kathryn

                  Another vote for Lantern's Keep, the place is awesome, small, but awesome. I guess the bar at The Modern would be another choice for a well made drink.

                2. re: gavspen

                  We went on a Friday night about 8 PM. Walked right in and got a table. The tables were half full. Bar was half full. If it's busy when you get there have a backup plan.

              2. Check out the Rum House in the Edison Hotel. Don't let the Times Sq. address fool you — they're run by the team from Ward III down in TriBeCa. Serious cocktails and fun, old-timey atmosphere. Can get a little bit crowded in early evening and on weekends.

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                1. re: asgaynor

                  If you enjoy scotch, try St. Andrews. Fabulous selection. Food is pretty good too.

                  St. Andrews
                  140 W 46th St (btwn 6th & 7th Aves)

                  PJ Clarks is historic and lots of fun. It's been around since 1868. Frank Sinatra drank here. Check out the bones above the door into the rear dining area! Fantastic bar tenders.

                  PJ Clarks
                  915 3rd Ave (btwn 55th & 56th)

                2. Perfect Pint , especially if it's nice out.