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Auction House

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300 E. 89th St., New York, NY 10128 40.779791 -73.950327
at Second Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-427-4458 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10


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  • Scene: Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Private Party Space, Romantic
Photo by Shanna Ravindra

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Sun-Wed, 7:30pm-2am; Thu, 7:30pm-3am; Fri-Sat, 7:30pm-4am

Nearby Subway Stops

4, 5, 6 at 86th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa


The Auction House is a diamond in the rough—if by “diamond” you mean warm and unpretentious hangout, and by “rough” you mean the Upper East Side. Unlike the overly preppy, generic bars that litter the area, The Auction House offers a cozier alternative, fireplace and all. Red-velvet drapes, a mahogany bar, and intimate tables for two are perfect for a romantic rendezvous or, if you’re a local, a starting point for your weekend. Groomed 20-somethings abound, without a white collegiate cap in sight (breaking the curse of the UES!). Though some slightly creepy nude portraits stare down at you from the walls, the mood is otherwise inviting and relaxed. Next to the fireplace with candlelight aglow, you’ll feel as snug as a bug in a rug, er, bar? You get the idea.

Dress Code

Among other things, the bar enforces a strict no-fur policy. Faux-fur accepted.

Weekend Carding

Auction House is 25+ on Fridays and Saturday and checks ID at the door to verify.