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Lexington Bar and Books

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1020 Lexington Ave., New York, NY 10021 40.771082 -73.961978
nr. 73rd St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-717-3902 Send to Phone

  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10


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  • Scene: WiFi, Business Crowd, Bar Food, Cigar Bar, Classic NY, Fireplace, Hot Spot, Lounge, Neighborhood Bar, Private Party Space, Smoking Area, Swank, Whiskey Bar
Photo by Jennifer MacFarlane

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Sun-Mon, 5pm-3am; Tue-Sat, 5pm-5am

Nearby Subway Stops

6 at 77th St.

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa


Stepping inside Lexington Bar and Books is a bit of a time warp, and one that its suit-clad patrons appreciate. Although this mahogany-trimmed cigar bar mainly attracts the Park Avenue gentleman (and, on occasion, the lady who accompanies him) dropping by after work or after dinner to sit by the fireplace or listen to soothing jazz, cigar aficionados from all over the city can be found in the leather chairs. Sometimes even smokers under 40 stop by to enjoy the dignified yet congenial atmosphere, where the stuffiness mostly emanates from the pungent tobacco aroma. And, yes, true to the name, there are books—plenty of them. But the lighting is awfully dim, so most visitors limit their reading to the extensive menu of whiskeys, brandies and cigars, and leave Plato’s Republic on the shelves.


In addition to a location downtown (Hudson Bar and Books), there are also two in Prague (Týnská Bar and Books and Mánesova Bar and Books) and one in Warsaw (Podwale Bar and Books).

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