77 W. Houston St., 2nd fl, New York, NY, 10012
nr. West Broadway
By 1137 on 9/13/2014
The WORST experience I have had in New York City. I had never experienced RACISM until I celebrated my birthday at Pegu. My group of friends, which consisted of hispanics, blacks, and caucasians, were asked to leave the establishment regardless of it being confirmed via surveillance video that we had not lit up a cigarette indoors and that the person who did had left the building. The security guard, who was very professional, explained to us that although we had not been smoking the owner just did not want us there. The owner walked up to us and yelled for all of us to get out. Meanwhile the caucasian part of our group were able to stay at the establishment and enjoy the remainder of their night. I am completely appalled by the behavior of an owner of an establishment that is suppose to welcome ALL PEOPLE! Discrimination should not be tolerated and establishments should not be able to humiliate their customers without any basis. This is ABUSE of authority. Please Note: I decided to go to this place based on it being a "Critic's Pick"- NYMAG, you might want to reconsider.
By opemi on 12/6/2010
This was the first bar that I ever set foot into and I have definitely been back whenever I've had the time. Audrey Saunders is one of the pioneers in bringing a sophisticated and refined approach to cocktails and mixology in NYC, and the Pegu Club embodies this. The quality of the drinks is top-notch, and even the waitresses are extremely knowledgeable about cocktails. I'd definitely recommend the Earl Grey MarTEAni and the Gin-Gin Mule, but their seasonal offerings are lovely as well. Another reviewer, SocialistaNYC, mentions that the waitress said that the bartenders can't make drinks that aren't on the menu but my experience indicates otherwise when it comes to classic drinks. Perhaps this was in reference to their seasonal cocktails? The small dishes that they offer are excellent as well and are listed on the menu with recommended cocktail pairings. On the weekends, Pegu is quite popular and crowded, so if you want to get a seat by the bar and witness the fine work of these bartenders (and barbacks) Thursday night or another weeknight would be a good time to stop by.
By Impresario on 4/18/2009
I posted on this site sometime ago about my drink having a hair in it and the waitress denying it and throwing the evidence on the dark floor. Needless to say - I will not be going back.
By GtrNyc on 2/23/2009
After a lovely dinner in the West Village for Valentines Day we decided to head over to Pegu club for a few cocktails. It was our second visit here and was every bit as enjoyable as the first. The place was pretty crowded, but managed to slip right into two seats at the corner of the bar right away. My girlfriend started with the whiskey smash and was hooked for the night! I sampled my way through a few drinks I couldn't try the first visit. I highly recommend the Earl Grey Martini, Pegu Cocktail, and the Whiskey Smash! The mixologist here are definitely some of the best!
By paganspirit on 10/11/2008
If you haven't visited Pegu Club since Chef Philip Kirschen-Clark has been hired on as the head chef (last two months), you haven't really experienced the full impact of this awesome experience!! These small plates are LOADED with creativity, gentle, complex subtle flavors and combinations of herbs and spices you have never tasted before. Try the Crab Rangoon or the Shrimp Mini Burgers on a tiny brioche bun...to die for. Combined with one or more of those amazing cocktails, you will be coming back to Pegu every time you visit New York.
By paganspirit on 10/11/2008
If you haven't visited Pegu Club since Chef Philip Kirschen-Clark has been hired on as the head chef, you haven't really experienced the full impact of this awesome experience!! These small plates are LOADED with creativity, gentle, complex subtle flavors and combinations of herbs and spices you have never tasted before. Try the Crab Rangoon or the Shrimp Mini Burgers on a tiny brioche bun...to die for. Combined with one or more of those amazing cocktails, you will be coming back to Pegu every time you visit New York.
By TokyoNYC2000 on 5/25/2008
I was stunned by the quality and variety of the cocktails at Pegu. Great atmosphere, dark, moody, great music and talented bartenders. Good crowd really started to pack the place by 11. I think I tried EVERY cocktail on the menu. The liquor is top notch, and the herbs and accessories (OMG the MINT) were incredible. The bartenders, shaking technique was very impressive (I've NEVER seen someone shake like that :-). Then a little after midnight we got the munchies and ordered their "diver scallop sliders", gorgeous wee burgers with perfectly cooked scallops. Wow, amazing food, amazing cocktails, amazing "scenery", what a fantastic place.
By NYFoodLover10021 on 5/22/2008
What a great place to go for outstanding drinks. I had heard of this place from friends and it met and exceeded all my expectations. The cocktails were really varied and delicious and there was something for everyone (even those in my party that don't normally drink cocktails). The service was very good except the drinks took a little longer than i expected due to the fact they are each hand made to perfection.
By joeyvnyc on 5/19/2008
I took a date to Pegu Club and we had a great time. She loved the drinks even though she's not a big drinker. I love a quality cocktail and this place does them better than anywhere else I've tried. The bartenders were very hospitable as were the waitresses. Overall, I would take a date here anytime as well as hang out with friends for a laid back night of conversation.
By SocialistaNYC on 5/17/2008
I brought my London friends to this sleek upstairs bar in SoHo because they wanted a poshy loungey atmosphere vs. trendy bar scene. They appreciated and were amused by the historical nod towards the British colonial days in the name "Pegu Club" (after a British offer's club in Burma--hence the Oriental touches in the decor). Our cocktail waitress told us that their bartenders stick to making only the drinks listed on the menu. I wish they were more flexible, but their concoctions are deliciously refined. I especially enjoyed the Earl Grey MarTEAni, which was refreshing but more on the citrusy side than expected. This was the perfect place to chat with friends over cocktails. Next time, I'd love to try some of the snacky dishes on their menu!
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