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King Cole Bar Lounge

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St. Regis Hotel
2 E. 55th St., New York, NY 10022 40.76163 -73.974866
at Fifth Ave.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-753-4500 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    8 out of 10

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    6 Reviews | Write a Review

  • Scene: Business Crowd, Bar Food, Brunch, Classic NY, Hotel Bar, Restaurant & Bar, Romantic, Swank
Photo by Robert K. Chin

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Official Website

kingcolebar.com

Hours

Mon-Sat, 11:30am-2:30am; Sun, noon-midnight

Nearby Subway Stops

E, M at Fifth Ave.-53rd St.; B, D, E at Seventh Ave.

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Profile

After you've run the gauntlet of the St. Regis lobby, take refuge in the dark, lavish, woody warmth of The Bar With That Famous Mural (Maxfield Parrish actually painted "Old King Cole" for another hotel bar, but we won't quibble). Mixological lore also has it that the so-called "Red Snapper" came over from Harry's New York Bar in Paris and eventually morphed into the Bloody Mary, King Cole's signature cocktail. Beyond these claims to fame, this is the place for making good impressions and stimulating conversation, and even if you're capable of neither, be heartened that the chestnut lighting will flatter you, the beer nuts are the best you'll ever have, and your top-shelf liquor cocktail will be stiff. The scene can be subdued and tinkling or downright hectic. If you're lucky enough to secure a table at the banquette, settle in and sip slowly as the Old Guard and the Well-Maintained parade by.

Dress Code

No shorts or sneakers after 5pm. No hats at any time.

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