300 E. 89th St., New York, NY, 10128
at Second Ave.
By battousai on 5/23/2005
With its tall ceilings, old-world style decor, and dim lighting, this understated UES watering hole is the perfect place to canoodle with your date/significant other. The bartenders are friendly and discreet and will look the other way while you're enjoying your make out session.
By Stultus_Juventus on 1/14/2010
This bar makes wonderful cocktails, has a great atmosphere and is rarely crowded. I have always enjoyed my times there and have gone for the past 5 or 6 years. Caveat, I once went with a few too drunk friends and for the first time they decided to enforce the over 25 policy. I when I mentioned I was a regular, he said well then you know why I'm not letting you in. They don't need you and it's their place. Keep that in mind and we'll get on just fine.
By LMSB on 11/11/2009
I love this bar. Its the perfect neighborhood place, easy to go after work or after a night out. The bartenders are not always easy to deal with, but I even went for New Years Eve and enjoyed the mellow nature of the space. Very cozy, great place for a romantic date.
By Herculessju on 1/29/2007
I've been looking for just this kind of bar in the UES and thank god I found it! I was very excited abotu checking it out once I came across the reviews on this site and let me first say how on point they are. The low lighting and decor are really unique for an UES bar, Its a place I am definitely looking forward to revisiting and encourage anyone on a date to stop by.
By musicfan10028 on 11/9/2006
This bar is by the far the best bar on the Upper East Side - and is perfect for those who would rather be hanging out on the LES...but sometimes like to just grab a drink in their 'hood and not be surrounded by Frat boys and giant screen TVs. The music is actually really awesome...it's all indie stuff...think Garden State Soundtrack. It's really chill, great for a date or just catching up with a friend. It's just a good neighborhood bar to call home.
By dea136 on 8/2/2005
I've never been to a place so cool and chilled out in Manhattan like the Auction House. Dark setting, red velvet, candlelight. Great for a date. If I had to suggust one thing it would be to improve the music, other than that, you'll see me here every weekend!
By laurator on 6/5/2013
The decor is beautiful with the red velvet furniture. This place is truly unique. It's the ideal date spot if you're looking for something sophisticated. http://datemapps.com/
By brandolphsmith on 3/31/2009
I originally like the bar when I walked in. Good vibe for the neighborhood, interesting beers on tap. I was with my girlfriend and a buddy. We ordered a round, price - reasonable. Short poured though. I go back up to get myself a beer. I order the beer then turn back around to the pair I was with to ask if they needed on. The bartender told me, "How about you figure your own sh-t out and get back to me when you are ready!" For his kind service, I left him no tip on the $7 beer. He then told me to "get the fu-k out." I drank my beer at the bar, told him thank you, and left. I don't hold grudges, but I am a retired bartender. The customer isn't always right, but the waitstaff isn't either. Long story short, cool vibe, good beer, know your order when you step up to the bar or get the fu-k out.
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