Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar

Wine Bar and Lounge$$$$
West Village, New York
74 Tips and reviews
  • wine
  • good for dates
  • cocktails
  • cozy
  • country lawyer
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  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceSeptember 17, 2012
    This tiny wine spot keeps it interesting with its wine list that crosses many oceans and spans all price points. Lots of bottles and half bottles under $45 like French Minervois and Mallorcan White.
  • Monica S.
    Monica SumaNovember 5, 2013
    Amazing spot for brunch. The smoked salmon and poached eggs dish is delicious! Must try the cream tomato soup, best I've ever had!
  • Katie S.
    Katie SchlossFebruary 7, 2012
    A perfect first date spot, Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar is a great place to get a cocktail, split one of the specialty toasts, & if the date is going well, wander across the street for dinner.
  • Peter C.
    Peter CucèOctober 10
    Been here 5+ times
    Feels like a bar in a residential European neighborhood. Oysters, shooters, cheese plate and other food all excite. Interesting wines by taste, half or full glass, craft cocktails.
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew ChoiAugust 12, 2014
    Try the Country Lawyer or the Port of Spain. Cocktails are great, but not the best I've had at the same price point. Cute and cozy spot though.
  • amy p.
    amy pelletierAugust 27, 2016
    This place is the perfect little spot to share a bottle of wine, we had a wonderful Boca there recently that i hadn't a seen on many lists. Wonderful.
  • Sara S.
    Sara StatesJune 23, 2013
    This place is just awesome and cozy and everything good. Food was amazing and the wine selection really great. Bartender is super friendly and had A++ suggestions.
  • lisa l.
    lisa limSeptember 17, 2011
    Great place to meet for drinks but it's tiny so you have to either go early or after 11pm. Food is delicious here too! A little on the pricy side but worth it.
  • naveen
    naveenJanuary 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    sit at the seats up front adjacent to both the bar and the window — trust me, this is the best spot in the place. start off with the egg shooters and then graduate from there
  • Deepak S.
    Deepak ShrivastavaJuly 5, 2013
    Great find in a great neighborhood. Drinks are solid and the atmosphere low key. Perfect for a casual date and non chalante conversation
  • Heather H.
    Heather HeckJanuary 22
    One of my favorite bars: intimate with great drink selections, and you can always count on them to play the Smiths 😊.
  • Anna S.
    Anna Sanchez BendahanSeptember 8, 2013
    Forget about the pudding...Have their chocolate bruno!-also, if you are into mezcal their "humorita" is outstanding :)
  • StonehengeNYC
    StonehengeNYCDecember 11, 2011
    A cozy little spot for drinks with snacks from the Blue Ribbon restaurant next door. We like the oysters and caviar egg shooters.
  • E
    EMarch 18, 2015
    Get a cocktail or wine recommendation. Cozy and small space gives intimate feel. Try the shooters!
  • Zi L.
    Zi LiMarch 29, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the country lawyer. Sometimes they take it off the menu, ask the bartender for it. You won't regret.
  • Rikin D.
    Rikin DiwanNovember 17, 2014
    Good coffee. The chorizo eggs Benedict was the best. Really wish they had a Benedict Cumberbatch though.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DuckorOctober 19, 2010
    Great for a casual drink before dinner at one of the many great spots in the area (say, The Little Owl). Order the Seventh Samurai, a Yamazaki-based cocktail.
  • harryh
    harryhApril 8, 2013
    If it's available, definitely go for the smoked duck & foie gras toast. It's super tasty.
  • Chris L.
    Chris LuhurMarch 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Daily specials rock - and the wine flights - and the egg and pickled pepper toast (a staple!) Must eat everything!
  • Mingbot R.
    Mingbot RobertsAugust 12, 2013
    Amazing burger. And don't leave without getting dessert...the bread puddings are insanely good.
  • Debbie
    DebbieAugust 19, 2016
    Bone marrow with bacon baked INTO the bread. Amazing. Fried chix. Amazing.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 21, 2016
    If you visit Blue Ribbon Dowing Street Bar don’t forget to pair your favorite dessert with Pueblo Viejo Añejo
  • Daniela S.
    Daniela SpectorMarch 30, 2014
    A little expensive but a lot of options for late night. Especially in an area where most restaurants close late.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IFebruary 4
    Great drinks, cool space, and killer playlist. Go for the Airmail.
  • Lindsay
    LindsayJanuary 21, 2011
    Fabulous breadstix, wine flights, and other cocktails and snacks served in a small, intimate, and romantic atmosphere.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BergSeptember 25, 2014
    Great cocktails! Nice staff and a friendly low key atmosphere.
  • Off The Menu
    Off The MenuOctober 15, 2015
    The Elvis Toast: Thick toast topped with pate, sliced hard boiled egg and pickled hot peppers. Read more
  • Paul B.
    Paul BrennerAugust 10, 2014
    Drinks are expensive but a good value for the quality. Get in there. Feel fancy... But also thrifty.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar is a great place to drink Pueblo Viejo Tequila.
  • Ryan G.
    Really small bar. Great clean design. Good happy hour.
  • Liz M.
    Liz MackAugust 24, 2015
    Cozy little place. A bit pricy, but they had incredible bacon bread.
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Close with a flourish this spring break and enjoy a refreshing Pueblo Viejo Cocktail here at Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar.
  • Zinfandelle
    ZinfandelleFebruary 19, 2014
    The smoked duck and foie gras toast is insanely good.
  • Kavita B.
    Kavita BabaJanuary 18, 2015
    Ambience is cosy. Focus on the specials not the menu items
  • Katie F.
    Katie FlynnJanuary 5, 2012
    The Downing Street Old Fashioned is really top notch!
  • rob z.
    rob zandMarch 19, 2016
    it's super chill here, but they aren't the best at cocktails.
  • Morgan P.
    Morgan PolotanAugust 22, 2015
    Get the Riesling for sweet or Sauvignon blanc for dry.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BarrezuetaOctober 2, 2014
    Tiny space but really cute. Just don't expect any privacy.. Maybe not best locale for a date
  • Lockhart S.
    Lockhart SteeleJanuary 17, 2011
    Two honey-based items for a cold January night: hot toddy and the amazing smoked duck toast.
  • Blue Ribbon Restaurants
    Blue Ribbon RestaurantsDecember 15, 2011
    Bring a date for a wine flight and egg shooters with caviar.
  • Phil G.
    Phil GillmanApril 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Always rocks. Order a cocktail and some eggs.
  • Eelain S.
    Eelain SteketeeAugust 20, 2010
    must order: champagne & caviar oyster shooters, smoked trout & trout roe egg shooters
  • Charlotte S.
    Couldn't love this stylish little bar more, down to random 80s tunes.
  • Blue Ribbon Bruce
    Blue Ribbon BruceNovember 28, 2011
    Follow us on Twitter (@brdowningstbar) to find out about our special winemaker events and tastings!
  • Pueblo Viejo Tequila
    Pueblo Viejo TequilaDecember 8, 2015
    If you are in Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar, try a Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica ChanMarch 22, 2014
    Repeat after me: Choc chip bread pudding. Choc chip bread pudding.
  • Emily K.
    Emily K.February 21
    Cocktail omakase for when you're feeling indecisive
  • Zi L.
    Zi LiApril 18, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Country Lawyer is the way to go.
  • François S.
    François SurcinJanuary 19, 2012
    The steak tartare is just the best I've ever had!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SaranApril 10, 2013
    Fried chicken and bone marrow. Do it.
  • Alberto M.
    Alberto MannAugust 17, 2015
    If you enjoy watching awkward first dates you are in luck!
  • Summer B.
    Summer BedardNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Tiny spot, great for a date. Have eaten at least 500 of their delicious breadsticks.
  • Reagan W.
    Reagan WilliamsFebruary 3, 2015
    Great service. Awesome wines.
  • David Z.
    David ZazaApril 8, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Order the country pate and let the bartender pick your wine. It never fails to fulfill.
  • Thomas R.
    Thomas ReintjesFebruary 14, 2015
    Even the lemonade is great.
  • Angela K.
    Angela KFebruary 15, 2014
    Smoked duck and foie gras toast!!!
  • miles l.
    miles lennonMarch 23, 2014
    Smokey squirrel is delicious
  • Daniela Ö.
    Daniela ÖhmanApril 27, 2012
    Excellent Canadian Riesling wine!
  • Bonnie C.
    Bonnie ChuNovember 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Do wine pours increase with foulness of weather? ❄️↗️🍷↗️
  • Kimmie O.
    Kimmie OhhJune 11, 2015
    Great wine list!
  • Zack D.
    Zack DavenportJanuary 25, 2015
    The tiniest bar I've ever been to.
  • Luke H.
    Luke HaseloffNovember 1, 2013
    Breadsticks are yum
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SwensonNovember 30, 2015
    Great sushi
  • Van C.
    Van CorsaJune 28, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My westside office away from the office. Read more
  • Mona N.
    Mona NomuraAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    DAILY SPECIALS. #seriously.
  • Bryan S.
    Bryan SentiOctober 15, 2012
    Get the Bruno!
  • Joseph D.
    Joseph DisanlucianoJuly 31, 2010
    Great brunch menu...never disappointed
  • Rose T.
    Rose TabladaAugust 4, 2013
    Food is good but it's pretty pricey
  • Andrew
    AndrewAugust 28, 2016
  • Nina A.
  • Carrie H.
    Carrie HammerFebruary 10, 2010
    Really tasty breadsticks
  • Margaret A.
    Margaret AndrewsOctober 22, 2009
    Eat, drink and be very merry in this small neighborhood bar
  • Andrea H.
    Andrea HarrisonJune 14, 2009
    order one the wine flights
  • Anthony S.
    Anthony SchneiderNovember 23, 2009
    Get the Corpse Reviver #2
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