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King Cole Bar

St. Regis Hotel, 2 E. 55th St., near 5th Ave., New York City, NY (Manhattan)
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Ranked #128 of 781 Nightlife in New York City
Type: Bar/ Clubs
Description: St. Regis Hotel lounge bar known for creating the world-famous Bloody Mary cocktail.
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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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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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91 helpful votes 91 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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27 helpful votes 27 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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Definitely worth a stop if you are looking for an elegant place for a cocktail. Maxfield Parrish enthusiasts will really appreciate the huge mural behind the bar. Bloody Mary was invented here --- *If you don't want to spend $$$ for a cocktail, you can also stop in for a brief visit to take a look at the art.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

The King Cole Room in the St.Regis Hotel is everything you would want a first rate drinking establishment to be. The room is steeped in history (The Maxfield Parrish iconic painting above the bar cannot be missed.) The drinks are strong and the wine pours are friendly. Make sure you intend to spend some real money when there because nothing... More

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San Francisco, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Lovely place to have a drink and meet up with friends. Menu options could be broader; service WAAY too slow. but lovely space, quiet and elegant.

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West Flanders Province, Belgium
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98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

After visiting St-Regis hotel in Bali Last year and drinking a Bloody Mary in their king cole bar, we want to go to the original in New York. Very classic designed. warm interior, friendly staff. The Bloody Mary is spicy but good. It is an honour to be there in this iconic bar!! A must do when you are in... More

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New York City, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

they have toned down the music (thank god) and subdued the lights in the room and on the bar. Since my last review. they are on the right track again but still needs a little fine tuning

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charleston, sc, usa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

No one's messed with perfection and the King Cole Bar maintains the luxe good looks that's drawn New Yorkers for over half a century. Named for the enormous Maxfield Parrish mural that dominates the room, the bar is so popular you must time your visit with care: not on a weekend afternoon, but around 2:30 midweek or after 8 in... More

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