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Blue Owl

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196 Second Ave., New York, NY 10003 40.731132 -73.985783
at 12th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-505-2583 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10


    21 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: After Work, Bar Food, DJ, Lounge, Outdoor Area, Private Party Space, Singles Scene
Photo by Ben Rosenzweig

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Happy Hour

Mon-Tue, Thu-Fri, 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

Nearby Subway Stops

L at Third Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa


This venue is closed.

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.


The Cocktail Room is available for large parties. The open bar starts at $25 per person per hour. Call for further details.

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The Blue Owl