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King Cole Bar

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Address: St. Regis Hotel, 2 E. 55th St., near 5th Ave., New York City, NY
Phone Number: 212/753-4500
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Sun 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Description: St. Regis Hotel lounge bar known for creating the world-famous Bloody Mary...
St. Regis Hotel lounge bar known for creating the world-famous Bloody Mary cocktail.
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Fun small place

The birth place of the bloody marry - the original was a very simple one and although fun for the nostalgic reason to get it I would recommend getting one of their other versions... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 7, 2014
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48 reviews 48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

I was excited to visit the bar as several people mentioned it as a "must" in NYC. Yes, it is elegant & cozy but it's over-rated. It was pretentious & expensive ($25 for a Bloody Mary). The bartender had a TERRIBLE attitude, which made our adventure disappointing. You can skip this...

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9 reviews 9 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We arrived for drinks before dinner and got a nice table inside. The place oozes old world charm and you can still feel the history in the room which has now been refurbished. One of the best places to have a pre dinner drink that's not too noisy and clubby. Very civilized. Will be back.

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mexico
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13 reviews 13 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Beautiful pintings and nice people, however there is no ambience here. Ive tried to call the attention of the servers twice but hey seem to be focused in the computer more than in the guest. Prices are steep but it is one of the best bars in town. There are better spots where you can grab a drink with more... More 

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Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is a very high energy, place to be sort of place in New York City! If you can get a seat, enjoy the great service in a very busy place.

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Smithtown, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We wanted to experience a bloody Mary at the place that invented this drink. We had to wait 35 minutes but it was all worth it. I had the Clamatto base bloody mary and it was to die for! My wife had a tomato base bloody mary and she also liked it. I would recommend this bar to anyone who... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

The King Cole Salon offers afternoon tea featuring many tea selections, sweets and savouries and a lovely environment. Service was fine, but sometimes felt a bit neglected. Generally a pleasant diversion in a busy day. Gorgeous decor and architecture.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

A classic New York Hotel bar that was once magical is no more. The new tables ,music and "chic" cafeteria outside eliminate the remaining charm of the mural and bar. The service and the staff reflect the downward spiral. The old magic of King Cole is a memory and a victim of shortsighted management and poor creativity.

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66 reviews 66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Went for the 'first Bloody Mary' and it was just ok - the tomato mixer was fresh but lacking in something. For the price, I wasn't impressed. Service was nice.

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Biloxi, Mississippi
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170 reviews 170 reviews
44 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This bar, previously one of my favorites, has gone down hill dramatically. For $21 one might expect to have a bartender who is friendly and professional. Not here. Bartender talked or yelled to bar back the whole 20 minutes I was here. Never made eye contact. What once was a somewhat dressy room is apparently welcoming to guys in muscle... More 

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Richland, Washington
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109 reviews 109 reviews
13 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The birth place of the bloody marry - the original was a very simple one and although fun for the nostalgic reason to get it I would recommend getting one of their other versions. The wasabi pees were a nice touch. The wall is great and so is the darkness of the bar.

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