The Bar Downstairs

The Bar Downstairs

Cocktail Bar, Hotel Bar, and Bar$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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  • Brette M.
    "the Mexican Firing Squad is the best drink pretty much anywhere"(6 Tips)
    Constantine Z.
    "old fashioned style cocktails the Sazerac"(4 Tips)
    Yami A.
    "pricey side"(6 Tips)
    K M.
    "The Fruit Cobbler and Red Barn are great cocktails!"(2 Tips)
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  • Chris P.
    Chris PhillipsJuly 20, 2017
    This place is a nasty bit of work. Corporate snobby banker boy new New York.
  • Kathryn I.
    Kathryn IJune 17, 2017
    Hidden but lively spot. Pricey drinks but better than other nearby places.
  • Ksenia N.
    Ksenia NaumovaJune 11, 2017
    Great bar food: the secret paella and skirt steak is my fav. Infinite Wisdom for cocktails. Oh, and papas bravas!
  • ⚡️ Shaun T.
    House Smoked Sazerac was boss. Smoked applewood literally flowing out of the glass as you drink it. 🥃☁️
  • Joe O.
    Joe OttenthalOctober 14, 2016
    Way too loud.
  • Constantine Z.
    Constantine ZuevSeptember 25, 2016
    Try smoked octopus. It's delicious! And if you up to old fashioned style cocktails the Sazerac is a must.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FordSeptember 18, 2016
    They don't have happy hour specials
  • Amy K.
    Amy KooJune 5, 2016
    Great quality cocktails but a bit pricey. High quality glassware.
  • Yami A.
    Yami AlonsoJune 2, 2016
    Great small tapas - a little on the pricey side but must haves: Rock shrimp, croquettas de jamon, and any selection of their jamon Serrano. Great underground spot with high quality cocktails
  • Jonah E.
    Jonah EnglerMay 3, 2016
    The Mexican Firing Squad is an outstanding drink. Highly recommend it.
  • Nancy C.
    Nancy CadetApril 29, 2016
    Cute place a date night!
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsApril 26, 2016
    Smoked sazerac comes with a glass of smoke
  • Aaron F.
    Aaron FlattApril 23, 2016
    Amazing food , Amazing cocktails, and amazing service! I don't think there is a wrong thing to order here.
  • Darya N.
    Darya NeyburgerNovember 6, 2015
    Atmosphere, drinks, location
  • Glen B.
    Glen BischoffOctober 30, 2015
    Bone marrow and pork belly were superb. Great vibe and cocktails.
  • Santi A.
    Santi AmayaSeptember 27, 2015
    Great place to come for after work cocktails (Warning, they're expensive!!). Really cool space with a great selection of interesting cocktails. Get the Penicillin
  • Ashley W.
    Ashley WeinaugJuly 30, 2015
    Open up the huge plain door and step into a beautifully decorated bar where the kitchen and bar are all together. Highly recommend shishito peppers, cheese plate, and the jalapeño non-alcoholic drink.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezJune 24, 2015
    For those into spicy drinks: fast of fire and Kentucky oil. For the ladies who like fruity cocktails: the 65th crayon
  • Doris H.
    Doris HuJune 1, 2015
    Great cocktails and delicious small plates. I recommend the shishito pepper and the octopus.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisMay 28, 2015
    Expensive but great cocktails. Had the Kentucky Oil and it was one of the best bourbon cocktails I've ever had
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew TringaliMay 23, 2015
    Excellent bar choice for cocktails.
  • Julie T.
    Julie TringaliMay 23, 2015
    French 75 drink is the best. Loved the ambiance of this bar, especially that there is no entrance right off the street.
  • California
    CaliforniaMay 4, 2015
    Great selection of cocktails, amazing pisco sours! Request a seat at the bar and you will feel like you are sitting in the middle of a busy kitchen, unique experience!
  • Ira B.
    Ira BlossomFebruary 25, 2015
    Awesome spot. Very cool ambience and the drinks are definitely good. Mexican firing squad is a good go to if you don't mind sweeter drinks!
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MoroJanuary 6, 2015
    Very expensive but good if you have the budget. Tapas are very small but yummy.
  • Rayburn C.
    Rayburn ChanDecember 19, 2014
    Surprisingly nice place in the basement of the Andaz. Almost had a local neighborhood vibe there in the heart of midtown.
  • Vicki N.
    Vicki NDecember 18, 2014
    Great chill spot for groups. Plus DJ was on fire.
  • kate k
    kate kDecember 4, 2014
    Cool vibe and intimate early in the night, but soon gets very loud. Marcona almonds well below average, don't bother. Lamb skewers very tasty and papas bravas wonderfully smokey. Arepas are OK.
  • Yera H.
    Yera HaNovember 26, 2014
    The Cellar Door really is fantastic! Sweet and refreshing.
  • Anna O.
    Anna OhareNovember 25, 2014
    Great place to grab strong cocktails with churros!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerNovember 22, 2014
    Tries to be cool - really a midtown after work spot in disguise.
  • Julia M.
    Julia M.November 19, 2014
    Waited for an hour when they said 20 min. Horrible.
  • Clarissa B.
    Clarissa BlancoNovember 15, 2014
    Communal tables...
  • Kushal D.
    Kushal DaveNovember 7, 2014
    A little loud and pricey, but cocktails and tapas are solid.
  • Sara B.
    Sara BigwoodAugust 29, 2014
    Hmmm delicious cocktails and tapas!
  • Igor L.
    Igor LevitAugust 20, 2014
    Modern, dark atmosphere with some of the best cocktails in midtown.
  • Ru L.
    Ru LuAugust 14, 2014
    It's geared toward business people entertaining guests.
  • Kevin P.
    Kevin PhanAugust 10, 2014
    Great setting for midtown drinks
  • Koen B.
    Koen BlanquartAugust 8, 2014
    Come for the wine selection, stay for the tapas.
  • Adriana @.
    Adriana @ YuGGleR APPMarch 24, 2014
    Bear Hug cocktail is a must if you like lemon this time if year
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MazzaFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing cocktails, amazing food, and amazing service! I don't think there is a wrong thing to order here. The skirt stake is outstanding and the Dali margarita!
  • Kim W.
    Kim WarnerJanuary 8, 2014
    They make a mean Manhattan
  • Christine Y.
    Christine YODecember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    To the left ... ;)
  • Ardit B.
    Ardit BejkoDecember 24, 2013
    Rock shrimp! Dip the bread directly in the dish.
  • Doreen P.
    Doreen PeledOctober 18, 2013
    Huge, dark-walled, with trained mixologists
  • Dakyung J.
    Dakyung JSeptember 26, 2013
    Like secret place... :)
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuJune 30, 2013
    Cellar Door was my favorite cocktail
  • Griroriy N.
    Griroriy NekrasovApril 30, 2013
    Nice place with good atmosphere. Tasty wine and what do you want more?
  • Aayesha V.
    Aayesha VMarch 19, 2013
    Cellar door. Do it.
  • Jess S.
    Jess SFebruary 7, 2013
    Finally something in midtown somewhat worthy. Beautiful open space design w/communal tables. Great small plates/wine list. Try the flash fried shishito peppers, you're in for a hot surprise!
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