King Cole Bar & Salon

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69 Not Terrible

The iconic bar — and, some say, birthplace of the Bloody Mary — inside the St. Regis Hotel. The history is impressive; the drinks are not.

St. Regis Hotel, 2 E. 55th St., New York, NY, 10022


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The lowdown

First opened in 1932 and famously frequented by Salvador Dalí, Marilyn Monroe, and John Lennon, a taste of Old New York can still be found inside the St. Regis Hotel’s renovated King Cole Bar. The dark-wood bar room boasts a Maxfield Parrish mural featuring King Cole seated in his throne, and it’s hard not to be charmed by the whole experience. The drinks, on the other hand, are uniformly unimpressive — especially considering the prices. If a bit of history is what you’d like, this is a good place to stop in. But if top-shelf cocktails are what you want, you might want to look elsewhere.

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