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King Cole Bar

Bars, Lounges Midtown East
King Cole Bar (Time OUt, Photograph: Lizz Kuehl)
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Time Out says

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This grand hotel saloon, whose centerpiece is a grandiose Maxfield Parrish mural of Old King Cole, is steeped in legend. The lounge’s best-known invention is the Bloody Mary—née the Red Snapper, right here in 1934. But these days, the drink leaves something to be desired: When we ordered the classic nip, the bartender sloshed a prebatched mix over vodka and ice chips, and give it an apathetic stir. The same indifference plagued a Manhattan, made with a sloppy gurgle of sweet vermouth, Michter’s rye and a standard-issue maraschino cherry. At $18 a pop, a little precision is in order.

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Address: The St. Regis New York, 2 E 55th St
New York
10022
Cross street: between Fifth and Madison Aves
Transport: Subway: E to Fifth Ave–53rd St
Price: Average drink: $18. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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Opening hours: Mon–Thu 11:30am–1am; Fri, Sat 11:30am–2am; Sun noon–midnight
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