King Cole Bar

King Cole Bar

Cocktail Bar, Hotel Bar, and Wine Bar$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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    Has a stamp of approval from The New Yorker and The Wall Street Journal
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    "This bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary cocktail."(8 Tips)
    Paddy
    "The Red Snapper is heir house version of the brunch classic."(11 Tips)
    @JaumePrimero
    "So much history, so much booze, so many Bloody Mary's!"(25 Tips)
    Marc M.
    "All under the gaze of King Cole, painted by Maxfield Parrish."(3 Tips)
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  • The New Yorker
    The New YorkerDecember 13, 2013
    “The menu features six kinds of Bloody Mary, which the King Cole claims to have invented in the nineteen-thirties. They call the original the Red Snapper, and it’s spicy, irresistible, and strong.” Read more
  • Marc M.heart icon on user image
    Marc MayerFebruary 25, 2016
    Perfect for special occasions and raising a glass to loved ones. Perfectly made drinks with the most well-dressed bar staff in town. All under the gaze of King Cole, painted by Maxfield Parrish.
  • The Wall Street Journal
    "Here an old-school barman will give you a nice gin pour and crack open your own bottle of cold tonic. Enjoy the Max Parrish mural, said to depict Old King Cole passing wind!" -Chef Gabrielle Hamilton Read more
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueApril 23, 2023
    King Cole fresco commands this historic room at the St Regis. Worth a stop for the old New York atmosphere. Seasoned, knowledgeable bar staff. Heavy tourist crowd on weekends. Astronomical prices.
  • Juan D.heart icon on user image
    Juan DominguezMarch 29, 2013
    The Bar is an institution in NYC! The drinks are well servers and the food is great. I love the classy atmosphere and the staff is friendly, educated and always give you a world class service. Cheers!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Here a fine old-school barman will give you a nice gin pour and crack open your own bottle of cold tonic. Enjoy the Max Parrish mural, said to depict Old King Cole passing wind! Read more
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    PaddyJuly 23, 2016
    The bar is nice, of that there is no doubt. Apparently the birthplace of the Bloody Mary. The Red Snapper is heir house version of the brunch classic. It's good but you expect fireworks for $25!!!
  • Fortune Magazine
    Fortune MagazineMarch 20, 2012
    The King Cole Bar is great for business meetings - elegant, quiet, and historic. In 1934, the Bloody Mary was created here. The St. Regis is part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts, a FORTUNE 500 company.
  • Jeffrey
    JeffreyMarch 5, 2014
    KCB&S is the spot where the first-ever Bloody Mary was served (though back in the '30s, it was known as the 'Red Snapper'). Essential Cocktail: The Bloody Mary
  • Wyngspan
    WyngspanJanuary 24, 2014
    The birthplace of the Bloody Mary. We trust you will love your time at this classic NYC institution. Give it a rating on Wyngspan: http://bit.ly/1iuo89b
  • Alexandra H.
    Alexandra H.January 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Upscale hotel bars are some of my favorite places to go for drinks-St. Regis is no exception. BE SURE to ask the bartender for the secret behind the mural at the bar -you'll never look at it the same!
  • @HungryEditor B.
    No matter the time of day order a Bloody Mary. They are said to have been 1st served here. If a traditional bloody is not your thing, no worries. There's a diff one for each city that has a St Regis.
  • Fabianheart icon on user image
    FabianDecember 29, 2012
    The Red Snapper (the original Bloody Mary) is extremely tasty, quite spicy but not overly so. Also goes great with the tuna if you're looking for a snack.
  • @JaumePrimero
    @JaumePrimeroMarch 2, 2014
    I feel so at home here. So much history, so much booze, so many Bloody Mary's!
  • Jarrod K.heart icon on user image
    Jarrod KlawinskyMarch 22, 2017
    Iconic. Stunning interior and high priced but sting drinks. Ask for Angel.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 20, 2015
    This spot is considered the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, or so the story goes. The bar serves their Snappers a bit pricey but they come with tasty gourmet nuts, wasabi peas and a slice of history. Read more
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJanuary 22, 2014
    This bar is the birthplace of the Bloody Mary cocktail. Come enjoy not only the drinks, but also the art! Read more
  • Chad P.heart icon on user image
    Chad PetersonApril 28, 2014
    The Bloody Mary was invented here. Excellent cocktail! Cheers
  • N A.heart icon on user image
    N AvedisSeptember 16, 2018
    Very relaxing atmosphere and high quality of food and drinks. Expensive but worth it
  • Boon Y.heart icon on user image
    Boon YapFebruary 5, 2013
    Pretty awesome drinks. Bloody Marys go down easy. One drinky, two drinky, three drinkies, floor (novices!!). :-)
  • Sherie S.heart icon on user image
    Sherie SwerdlowAugust 10, 2015
    Try the Madison cocktail. Its one stiff cocktail!
  • Alex P.heart icon on user image
    Alex PekarovskyFebruary 20, 2016
    They may have invemeted the Bloody Mary here, but the is no clue of it in the pale "tomato juice , pepper and vodka" version of it here + Barman was rude. 2/10 #dissatisfied #imakebetterbloodymary
  • Zachary M.heart icon on user image
    Zachary MartzMay 14, 2015
    The birthplace of the Bloody Mary - aka the red snapper !
  • Alex R.heart icon on user image
    Alex RavenelMarch 12, 2015
    Gorgeous spot, very good cocktails. Can be tough to get a spot however.
  • Steve W.heart icon on user image
    Steve WattsFebruary 28, 2015
    Classy, cozy bar...great bar food and service
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 19, 2011
    Make sure you’re dressed appropriately as there’s a strict after 5 o’clock dress code. Once here ask Gavin to make you a Bloody Mary (they were born here).
  • Russell D.heart icon on user image
    Russell DavisJune 2, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The birthplace of the Red Snapper (Bloody Mary). An iconic bar. Limited seating.
  • noreen h.
    noreen haiderJanuary 9, 2014
    Beautiful hotel.. Someone has good taste... She knows who she is ;)
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaJuly 24, 2016
    Cool setting but prices are 🔝 tho the Bloody Mary is claimed to have been invented here 🤔
  • Carlich A.
    Carlich AsecasJanuary 1, 2016
    Super Bloooody! Too spicy but really good!
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 18, 2012
    Kick it SUPER old school here. Order a Bloody...they were born here after all. Upscale and classic.
  • AmateurConciergeheart icon on user image
    AmateurConciergeSeptember 6, 2019
    This legendary bar is just a small section of St Regis’s otherwise fairly bland lobby.
  • Claudia H.
    Claudia HernándezMay 28, 2022
    Order a Red Snapper, later known as Bloody Mary.
  • Trevor B.heart icon on user image
    Trevor BracherFebruary 21, 2015
    Inventors of the Bloody Mary. Not to be missed.
  • Isabella I.heart icon on user image
    Isabella IzquierdoJanuary 18, 2015
    Great ambiance! Must try the Bloody Mary!
  • Bjørn L.heart icon on user image
    Bjørn LateMarch 7, 2016
    Got the Shogun Mary, wasn't impressed. A gin martini with tomato juice, for the price of a entree at most places. It wasn't very busy and we weren't waited on very attentively
  • Ryan M.heart icon on user image
    Ryan MNovember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic martinis.
  • Lilian L.
    Lilian LJuly 7, 2017
    Red Snapper - Manhattan Bloody Mary
  • Rebecca M.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca MazzaOctober 16, 2015
    James Bond martini bar
  • JoAnne K.heart icon on user image
    JoAnne KaoJanuary 15, 2018
    NYC treasure
  • Sara Y.heart icon on user image
    Sara YApril 2, 2016
    Red snapper!
  • Nicholas
    NicholasSeptember 1, 2011
    The birthplace of the bloody mary or as they're call here "red snapper".
  • Sydney M.heart icon on user image
    Sydney MJanuary 6, 2019
    Classy but crazy overpriced
  • Ger H.heart icon on user image
    Ger HdezOctober 18, 2018
    Martiniii!!!
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    CCnycJune 1, 2015
    Cocktails, bar food
  • Chris C.heart icon on user image
    Chris C.October 10, 2016
    Great G&Ts.
  • Andres
    AndresApril 27, 2014
    The remodel pretty much ruined the old lure of this bar.
  • Patrick M.
    Patrick MaasSeptember 14, 2014
    Having a drink waiting for the award dinner to be over
  • Esquire UK
    Esquire UKJanuary 7, 2013
    Why are the jesters laughing? Because King Cole is breaking wind...
  • Jackson I.
    Jackson IsaacsonJanuary 28, 2016
    Great martini
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