Sun-Thu, 5pm-2am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-4am
5pm-8pm; $5 Corona and Bud Light, $6 specialty cocktails and well drinks
Wed, 5pm-midnight; $ 5 Corona and Bud Light, $6 specialty cocktails and well drinks
L at Third Ave.
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Though billed as a modern-day speakeasy, the most secretive thing about this lounge owned by the founder of the legendary Opaline is its basement-level location down a set of metal stairs. In two small rooms with corner banquettes, walls of exposed brick and stone lend further furtiveness. Leggy waitresses in revealing black dresses, heels and seamed stockings drift to cube tables wrapped in glinting pressed tin to deliver French and Italian charcuterie and artisanal cheeses, in addition to house cocktails that lean heavily on gin. The eponymous Blue Owl adds maraschino liquor and fresh lemon juice to the classic martini to bitter, zingy effect. Although only private parties get to see it, the bar's true selling point is a narrow, bare-bones Cocktail Room that can be accessed separately through a courtyard: Private partiers can BYO iPod to override the nightly DJs and occasional world-beat acts.Extra
The Cocktail Room is available for large parties. The open bar starts at $25 per person per hour. Call for further details.
The Blue Owl
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.