King Cole Bar Lounge
2 E. 55th St.
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.