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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 #70 of 776 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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Richland, Washington
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86 reviews 86 reviews
7 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
73 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
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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18 reviews 18 reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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Brussels, Belgium
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83 reviews 83 reviews
6 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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Winnipeg, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

The staff were incredibly rude. We stopped in after dinner at a nearby high-end restaurant (where we received excellent service) and we were shocked by the bad service here.

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Ramona, California, USA
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78 reviews 78 reviews
22 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Warm, inviting and a good cocktail. With the recent remodel to extend and augment the seating, it lightens the crowd within the original walls. Still a staple on 5th Ave for a great way to start or end an evening.

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Carlisle, Massachusetts, USA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

The king cole has great drinks, food and atmosphere. Great comfort food such as mini Sliders and truffle Mac and cheese. The ahi tuna was also excellent. The wait staff was warm and welcoming, thoughtfully bringing marshmallows for the hot chocolate. Music was fine, not too loud. It seems to attract both hotel guests and locals alike. A good take... More

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