The Campbell Apartment

The Campbell Apartment

Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Lounge · Midtown East
15 Vanderbilt Ave (Grand Central Terminal), New York, NY 10017, United States
Open until 1:00 AM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • Noon–1:00 AM
  • Fri
    • Noon–2:00 AM
  • Sat
    • 2:00 PM–2:00 AM
  • Sun
    • 3:00 PM–Midnight
Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

The Campbell Apartment in Grand Central Terminal is truly a spectacular one-of-a-kind space. The Campbell Apartment is ideal for weddings, bachelor parties, bridal showers, engagement parties and, of course, corporate events.


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    Martin K.
    "ASk for the Prohibition Punch and the Martini with Olives!"(40 Tips)
    Petra D.
    "Kentucky Ginger and Mango Mule with Quesadilla"(6 Tips)
    Zeba S.
    "Gossip girl scenes were shot here!"(5 Tips)
    Untapped Cities
    "private salon for 1920′s financial mogul John W. Campbell."(3 Tips)
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  • prohibition punch
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  • lively
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  • authentic
  • hidden spots
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  • whiskey
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  • jazz music
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  • fireplaces
  • AFAR Media
    Try to go a bit off-hours so you can feel time slow down and relish the cocoon-like feel of the dark lounge. Do take note: proper attire is required (no jeans, sneakers, shorts, etc). Read more
    AFAR Media · May 4, 2015
  • AFAR Media
    Formerly the office and salon of 1920s finance mogul John W. Campbell, the bar boasts a menu of gin-laden "cocktails from another era" like the Robber Baron and Flapper's Delight. Read more
    AFAR Media · August 12, 2014
  • Arie
    The clientele is all upmarket, the drink prices are among NY's highest, and it gets crowded. But it's also a great place to meet and have a drink, or just getting together for an end-of-day cocktail.
    Arie · June 8, 2015
  • Augie R.
    For the perfect Campbell experience, visit in the afternoon when crowds are lower and you can enjoy the gorgeous space and terrific jazz soundtrack. It gets pretty crazy busy and loud in the evening.
    Augie Ray · April 24, 2015
  • Curbed
    Employees have felt strange presences, including something pushing them and bursts of cold air. Some have even reported seeing an old couple sitting and having a cocktail when the place was closed. Read more
    Curbed · March 20, 2014
  • The Corcoran Group
    Enter through Cipriani on the balcony at Grand Central & you'll feel as if you have entered a bygone era. Drinks are expensive ($15 martini) but the atmosphere is worth it. Reserve a table in advance.
    The Corcoran Group · April 22, 2010
  • Anna K.
    The space was once the office of American financier John W. Campbell, a member of the New York Central Railroad's board of directors. Great atmosphere, waitresses in black dresses and pearls are cute.
    Anna Kozlova · March 8
  • Party Earth
    They do serve beer here, but why not try the vintage cocktails that give you a taste of history and pack a punch. Try the Bayard Fizz or the Highlander, or get the slightly pricier Prohibition Punch. Read more
    Party Earth · June 13, 2012
  • Lauren M.
    Wow, this place is great. Lively but not crowded, pricey but not outrageous, dark but not hard to see. Live jazz played (maybe a bit too loud), but service was great. Try the bayerd fizz or punch.
    Lauren Mac · August 23, 2015
  • Hotel Tonight
    To step back into the 1920s, head to this swanky spot somewhat hidden inside Grand Central. These days the stylish 25-foot-high room attracts an upscale crowd. Try the "Flapper's Delight" cocktail.
    Hotel Tonight · June 2, 2011
  • Zeba S.
    Prohibition punch is really good & their goat cheese & sundried tomatoes flatbread pizza. Gossip girl scenes were shot here! Speakeasy inside grand central station!
    Zeba Siddiqi · February 28
  • amNewYork
    A classy stomping ground for the well-heeled professionals who can afford the pricey drinks. Your best tactic: dress up and carry a $20.just enough for one drink. If you don't score after that, leave.
    amNewYork · November 7, 2012
  • Dens
    Wikipedia says of Bartender Jack, "He mixes strongest, yet sweetest Old Fashioned this side of the Hudson." Ginger margarita was also great. The Prohibition Punch is basically a $17 scorpion bowl tho.
    Dens · September 21, 2011
  • Irma Z.
    GORGEOUS space, friendly staff but unbearably LOUD until much later at nite eg at 7:30 we couldn't hear each other by 11pm it was perfect!!
    Irma Zandl · August 28, 2015
  • Chelsea R.
    Yes, you can probably find a better and cheaper cocktail elsewhere. But you come to the legendary Campbell Apartment, which is located literally within Grand Central, for the history.
    Chelsea Renaud · November 6, 2015
    In our humble opinion, it’s one of Manhattan’s best spots to cocktail post-work. It really does evoke the splendor of Old New York with its beautifully hand-painted ceiling and... Read more · January 11, 2012
  • Robert R.
    ...enjoy this unique atmosphere & have a Prohibition Punch, (Appleton Estate V/X Jamaican Rum, Grand Marnier, Moët & Chandon Champagne, & Passion Fruit Juice served in an oversized Snifter)! Read more
    Robert Rowe · June 9, 2010
  • Zach Aarons
    Classic drinks place. Once the office of a wealthy financier, workers who discovered it during a renovation thought it was an apartment because it had a shower. (3 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Zach Aarons · February 21, 2012
  • Sparkie
    In Grand Central Station and is a testament to the grandiosity of a different area. The space originally served as a private salon for 1920′s financial mogul John W. Campbell.
    Sparkie · January 15, 2013
  • New York Habitat
    A very cool concept, enter this hidden lounge and be transported into a classic '20s era with snazzy jazz old-school décor. Try their signature drink, Prohibition Punch.
    New York Habitat · November 30, 2011
  • Sarah H.
    One of my favorite bars.Fantastic cocktails, attentive staff, and great ambiance. A little snobby (no jeans/sneakers) and expensive-but totally worth it for at least one drink.
    Sarah Heaton · October 10, 2011
  • Ashley R.
    Pricy cocktails in Grand Central but a neat speakeasy feel for a more intimate get together than just bud lights at Beer Bar.
    Ashley Rose · April 1
  • Jason 6.
    Established 1923 as an office used for semi-public entertainment until 1957. Restored in 1999 as a public bar, restoring the walls, ceiling, & safe and matching the new bar. Updated again 2006.
    Jason 64128 · May 29, 2012
  • Tom W.
    Come in early before the corporate crowd gets off work, pony up to the bar, immerse yourself in the Prohibition vibe, and watch the mixologists go to work. And look presentable.
    Tom Whelan · October 12, 2010
  • Sara K.
    If you are young and have tattoos please make sure youre dressed to the nines. I had the luxury of being stared at with laser death eyes from a 50 year old woman, her husband and their friends.
    Sara Kafka · December 29, 2013
  • Lauren D.
    Tasty drinks! Got the Flapper (with Papaya, champagne, amaretto) and the truffle popcorn was Amazing! ... Way expensive though :/
    Lauren D · April 15
  • Tiffany & Co
    Yes, Mr. Campbell once lived here; and you are invited to come up and have a cocktail in his 1923 Florentine-style living room. The gifted mixologist behind the bar crafts a marvelous martini.
    Tiffany & Co · June 1, 2011
  • Martin K.
    Walk-up possible, reservation is better. Dress appropriately. This bar takes you back in time. The prohibition punch is pricey (20$), but the best drink you'll taste in Manhattan.
    Martin K · March 22, 2015
  • Shayna
    the $19 prohibition punch is so worth it! they pour in fancy champagne to top off your glass when they bring it to you... as you watch from your red plush chair!
    Shayna · October 28, 2012
  • Michelle C.
    Beautiful space & extensive menu of "cocktails from another era.". Try the Prohibition Punch, sip at the bar or cozy up by the fireplace.
    Michelle Coudon · March 28, 2012
  • Frank R.
    One of my fav bar spots in NYC. Elegant, old NYC charm. Perfect spot for cocktails on a cold night...if you can find the entrance. (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
    Frank Rimalovski · March 30, 2012
  • MASHA D.
    It's a truly magnificent place, frozen in time... makes you feel like you are in another era! Try the Prohibition Punch!!!
    MASHA D. · April 7, 2015
  • Martin K.
    If you want to impress somebody with a place that actually out of time... this is it! ASk for the Prohibition Punch and the Martini with Olives! Great choice.
    Martin Karich · August 27, 2011
  • Kwanza J.
    Wear the "right" kind of hat. I drink here often wearing a fedora. Tonight because of winter I wore a wool cap and was told "we don't allow hats." Dick move Campbell Apartment. Don't lie to patrons.
    Kwanza Johnson · February 7, 2014
  • Karl W.
    Great spot next to GCT for drinks, though a bit pricey. Ambience and service rock. Try the chicken quesadillas (tangy) and the truffle popcorn.
    Karl With A "K" · July 8, 2015
  • Divya M.
    Had to try the prohibition punch after a guy at the bar tried to sell it to me and I must say it was worth it! Have the prohibition punch when your at this bar.
    Divya Menon · January 25, 2014
  • Jeff B.
    Stick to the cocktails on the menu, and specify your spirits, they go for the cheap stuff if you don't ask. You're paying for the ambiance, not the bar.
    Jeff Byrnes · April 19, 2013
  • Melissa T.
    Not sure why I've bothered coming here more than once. Crowd is old and snotty, waitresses are slutty and inattentive. Definitely better places to go in manhattan than this...
    Melissa T · November 1, 2013
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Even longtime New Yorkers may not be privvy to this secluded spot. Come here to unwind after work or to stargaze (Jay-Z & Eddie Vedder are fans)
    Concert Ticket Agency · October 17, 2012
  • Bob C.
    Hands down the worst service I've encountered in NYC...and that's saying something. The women "hostesses" are positively rude and could not care less about you or your visit to their establishment.
    Bob Craig · November 12, 2013
  • Charlotte S.
    Gorgeous place, looks like they stole the ceiling from a Tibetan temple or some such. There was a jazz duo when we were there, delightful!
    Charlotte Scarf · December 5, 2015
  • David R.
    If you're here for cocktails, it's overpriced, even for cocktails in New York. If you're here for the scenery, stick around; it's stunning.
    David Riordan · October 24, 2015
  • Lydia B.
    Been very lucky to see this place. The cocktails are so amazing, you would lick the glass if you could!
    Lydia Berkennou · January 26, 2015
  • Consumer Reports
    You came here for the old New York glamour, 4 another history lesson head to Vanderbilt Hall Oct. 28-29 for our interactive exhibit. Get a free copy & code for 24 hrs of access to
    Consumer Reports · October 19, 2011
  • Andrew 👟
    Just talk to the hosts and see if there is a table down or upstairs (inside info). They are great and the space is beautiful.
    Andrew 👟 · February 7, 2014
  • Michael N.
    The prohibition punch was outstanding. Old fashioned was strong and great! Cool setting! Little snobbish with dress code no t-shirts!
    Michael Nagar · December 28, 2014
  • Tracey C.
    Old school New York. No jeans, no tshirts and amazing cocktails. Perfect place to start a fancy night on the town.
    Tracey Churray · May 11, 2014
  • EchoDA
    super chic cocktail bar taking you back in time.. make sure you where you Mad Men outfit or classic clothes..great cocktails too!
    EchoDA · March 27, 2012
  • RauwCC | Maarten R.
    As if you enter the Gryffindor dormitory room at Hogwarts, but then hidden away in Grand Central Station. In short; AWESOME!
  • Rasha S.
    Cocktails are great but you don't have to stick to the ones on the menu - bartender was happy (he seemed) to customize mine
    Rasha Salem · January 31, 2015

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