The Bar Downstairs

The Bar Downstairs

Cocktail Bar, Hotel Bar, and Bar$$$$
Midtown East, New York
  • 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)
    K M.
    "The Fruit Cobbler and Red Barn are great cocktails!"(2 Tips)
    Jason S.
    "... cocktails. Had the Kentucky Oil and it was one of the best bourbon..."(2 Tips)
77 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • mexican firing squad
  • trendy
  • tapas
  • fruit cobblers
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  • ⚡️ 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!
  • Andrew S.
    Andrew StrickmanJanuary 17, 2013
    Prepare for a large but tasty bill at the end of a few glasses of Pappy Van Winkle 20yr
  • Deborah K.
    Deborah KimJanuary 12, 2013
    Padraig is the best bartender here!
  • Adrienne C.
    Adrienne CooperNovember 16, 2012
    Fernando is one of my all time favorite bartenders in New York
  • Ryan W.
    Ryan WeberAugust 16, 2012
    The cellar door is a great cocktail. Just saying...
  • Steven W.
    Steven WhiteAugust 2, 2012
    Order draught for the mug. And the scallops are great!
  • Joseph T.
    Joseph TerranellaJune 28, 2012
    Great bar- good for after work as you aren't surrounded by commuters or tourists a true haven
  • Moses A.
    Moses AJune 7, 2012
    Good drink menu. Somewhat loud to have an intimate conversation.
  • Erica
    EricaMay 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try their Tom Collins...they know how it should be made.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonApril 15, 2012
    Try the Mexican Firing Squad Cocktail - it's killer! -
  • Jared H.
    Jared HDecember 21, 2011
    To find the bar, take the elevator down and look for the gold rat.
  • AJ
    AJNovember 22, 2011
    Get the signature cocktail The Cellar Door, crisp yet complex, like 'Autumn on Ice!' ;)
  • Jake E.
    Jake EleftheriouOctober 5, 2011
    Do yourself a favor and order a mojito. Or three.
  • John M.
    John McEvoySeptember 7, 2011
    Have the Mex Firing Squad but have them make it with a mescal. Sooo good.
  • Jenn R.
    Jenn RrrrrrrAugust 22, 2011
    The sidecars are delish! Read more
  • Brette M.
    Brette M.August 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the Mexican Firing Squad is the best drink pretty much anywhere
  • Desiree J.
    Desiree JonesJuly 26, 2011
    Nice ambiance. Arroz was dry, cod fritters are good but greasy. Egg white drinks available but if u order a pisco sour... Make sure u get a dash of angostura bitters on the top. Service great.
  • Jeff T.
    Jeff TropeanoJune 27, 2011
    This is really one of the coolest places I've been to in my 10 years in NYC. You HAVE to go. Read more
  • David G.
    David GerstenMay 18, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you like the gimlet, try the off menu cocktail called the bees knees.
  • Helen R.
    Helen RosnerMay 16, 2011
    The Mexican Firing Squad is the kind of cocktail that makes you forget you're currently drinking your sixth one. Read more
  • Donald K.
    Donald KorohMay 1, 2011
    They make an awesome Sazerac
  • Jon T.
    Jon ThomasApril 15, 2011
    Try the off menu item - "CTam"
  • K M.
    K MagzApril 9, 2011
    The Fruit Cobbler and Red Barn are great cocktails! Awesome vibe and delicious food you can't go wrong here.
  • Sara
    SaraFebruary 4, 2011
    The sauce that comes with the empanadas is enough reason for anyone to go here. Really.
  • Anne L.
    Anne LacDecember 10, 2010
    Good drinks here are: the cellar door (their signature) or the fresh fruit cobbler (slightly sweet but strong).
  • James Y.
    James YiuNovember 6, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The cocktail "Cellar Door". A.mazing!!
  • Cynthia H.
    Cynthia HoNovember 5, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the mexican firing squad and sofrito and yellow rice!
  • Carlos M.
    Carlos ManciniMarch 4, 2015
    Lugar legal e agradável.
  • Jaime G.
    Jaime GaldamesJanuary 25, 2015
    Cierra muy temprano la Cosina del local... Pero vale la pena visitarlo de todas maneras...carito eso si👍👍👍👍👍👍
  • Botica P.
    Botica PopJanuary 10, 2014
    Los mejores old fashioned que probé en Manhattan fueron de aquí. Todo el personal es súper amigable.
  • Esteban D.
    Esteban DiáconoJanuary 21, 2013
    Hermoso y moderno bar ubicado justo enfrente a la Public Library de la 5ta Avenida. La entrada es por el costado de la cafetería, bajando las escaleras y doblando a la izquierda. Bello y ruidoso.
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