The Campbell Apartment

The Campbell Apartment

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Midtown East, New York
  • The experts at The Corcoran Group and New York Habitat recommend this place
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  • Sara K.
    Sara KafkaDecember 29, 2013
    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.
  • Dens
    DensSeptember 21, 2011
    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.
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatNovember 30, 2011
    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.
  • Augie R.
    Augie RayApril 24, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Arie
    ArieJune 8, 2015
    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.
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaMay 4, 2015
    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
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupApril 22, 2010
    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.
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiFebruary 28, 2016
    Prohibition punch is really good & their goat cheese & sundried tomatoes flatbread pizza. Gossip girl scenes were shot here! Speakeasy inside grand central station!
  • amNewYork
    amNewYorkNovember 7, 2012
    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.
  • Party Earth
    Party EarthJune 13, 2012
    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
  • IrmaZandl T.
    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!!
  • AFAR Media
    AFAR MediaAugust 12, 2014
    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
  • Frank R.
    Frank RimalovskiMarch 30, 2012
    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
  • Shayna
    ShaynaOctober 28, 2012
    the $19 prohibition punch is so worth it! they pour in fancy champagne to top off your glass when they bring it to you... as you watch from your red plush chair!
  • Anna K.
    Anna K.March 8, 2016
    The space was once the office of American financier John W. Campbell, a member of the New York Central Railroad's board of directors. Great atmosphere, waitresses in black dresses and pearls are cute.
  • Hotel Tonight
    Hotel TonightJune 2, 2011
    To step back into the 1920s, head to this swanky spot somewhat hidden inside Grand Central. These days the stylish 25-foot-high room attracts an upscale crowd. Try the "Flapper's Delight" cocktail.
  • MASHA D.
    MASHA D.April 7, 2015
    It's a truly magnificent place, frozen in time... makes you feel like you are in another era! Try the Prohibition Punch!!!
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DApril 15, 2016
    Tasty drinks! Got the Flapper (with Papaya, champagne, amaretto) and the truffle popcorn was Amazing! ... Way expensive though :/
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayMay 11, 2014
    Old school New York. No jeans, no tshirts and amazing cocktails. Perfect place to start a fancy night on the town.
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RoseApril 1, 2016
    Pricy cocktails in Grand Central but a neat speakeasy feel for a more intimate get together than just bud lights at Beer Bar.
  • Chelsea R.
    Chelsea RenaudNovember 6, 2015
    Yes, you can probably find a better and cheaper cocktail elsewhere. But you come to the legendary Campbell Apartment, which is located literally within Grand Central, for the history.
  • Martin K.
    Martin KMarch 22, 2015
    Walk-up possible, reservation is better. Dress appropriately. This bar takes you back in time. The prohibition punch is pricey (20$), but the best drink you'll taste in Manhattan.
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HeatonOctober 10, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MenonJanuary 25, 2014
    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.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CoudonMarch 28, 2012
    Beautiful space & extensive menu of "cocktails from another era.". Try the Prohibition Punch, sip at the bar or cozy up by the fireplace.
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"July 8, 2015
    Great spot next to GCT for drinks, though a bit pricey. Ambience and service rock. Try the chicken quesadillas (tangy) and the truffle popcorn.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacAugust 23, 2015
    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.
  • Andrew 👟
    Andrew 👟February 7, 2014
    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.
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff ByrnesApril 19, 2013
    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.
  • Lindsey j.
    Lindsey jelligJuly 11, 2016
    It's going to be closing soon. We love the ambiance but hostess staff did not give us our reserved our table after making reservations and waiting till members of our party arrive. 😕👎
  • Michael N.
    Michael NagarDecember 28, 2014
    The prohibition punch was outstanding. Old fashioned was strong and great! Cool setting! Little snobbish with dress code no t-shirts!
  • Jason 6.
    Jason 64128May 29, 2012
    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.
  • Concert Ticket Agency
    Concert Ticket AgencyOctober 17, 2012
    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)
  • Lydia B.
    Lydia BerkennouJanuary 26, 2015
    Been very lucky to see this place. The cocktails are so amazing, you would lick the glass if you could!
  • Martin K.
    Martin KarichAugust 27, 2011
    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.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeJuly 30, 2016
    The cocktails are not cheap but you're paying for well-made drinks in an amazing setting so it's well worth it. Sad to see it close
  • Armando
    ArmandoJanuary 15, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinSeptember 9, 2015
    One of the few strong midtown cocktail spots that I can think of. Drinks are fine, but it's a great space for the area.
  • David M.
    David MaMarch 30, 2015
    A hidden gem from another era. The cocktails are made & served really quickly too.
  • Zach Aarons
    Zach AaronsFebruary 21, 2012
    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
  • Curbed
    CurbedMarch 20, 2014
    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
  • EchoDA
    EchoDAMarch 27, 2012
    super chic cocktail bar taking you back in time.. make sure you where you Mad Men outfit or classic clothes..great cocktails too!
  • RauwCC | Maarten R.
    As if you enter the Gryffindor dormitory room at Hogwarts, but then hidden away in Grand Central Station. In short; AWESOME!
  • Charlotte S.
    Charlotte ScarfDecember 5, 2015
    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!
  • Tiffany & Co
    Tiffany & CoJune 1, 2011
    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.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MulcroneMarch 19, 2016
    Great little speakeasy spot semi-hidden within Grand Central. Fantastic outdoor patio for summer drinks.
  • Robert R.
    Robert RoweJune 9, 2010
    ...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
  • David R.
    David RiordanOctober 24, 2015
    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.
  • Heather R.
    Heather RodriguezMay 31, 2014
    Awesome drinks, delicious roast beef sliders. Highly recommended!!!
  • Consumer Reports
    Consumer ReportsOctober 19, 2011
    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
  • Sarah H.
    Sarah HeatonDecember 8, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The best over priced bar in Midtown East. Lovely cocktail waitresses and yummy drinks. And relatively few chumps harassing you.
  • Sasha B.
    Sasha BAugust 15, 2012
    Haven't tried the inside bar yet, but the outside bar features bus boys making cocktails. Hardly mixology at its best
  • Maria V.
    Maria VazquezJuly 29, 2016
    Love the prohibition punch! Not sure what changes are coming. Hope they don't change it too much. The classy feel is what makes it special.
  • Jing N.
    Jing NJanuary 5, 2013
    The sparking cocktails are delish. U are going to ask for a refill. The ambiance is swanky and Old New York.
  • Alison S.
    Alison SApril 5, 2013
    You can't wear jeans. Take the elevator next to grand central oyster. Bring in snacks from grand central market. Act like you're in Gossip Girl.
  • Jokum Mønsted N.
    Jokum Mønsted NielsenOctober 28, 2012
    Excellent place. Remember that the restroom door opens out: pull don't push - or you wait before an open door.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BradshawDecember 23, 2014
    Hidden gem of a cocktail bar at Grand Central station. Like transporting back to another era.
  • Rasha S.
    Rasha SalemJanuary 31, 2015
    Cocktails are great but you don't have to stick to the ones on the menu - bartender was happy (he seemed) to customize mine
  • Renaissance Hotels
    Renaissance HotelsJanuary 22, 2014
    Perfect spot to meet a client for deal-closer drinks and Mad Men-esque atmosphere. Read more
  • Edward W.
    Edward WongJuly 21, 2013
    prohibition punch is available as a virgin drink for $8, if you can't booze or are on a budget and don't want to look it.
  • Andres S.
    Andres SierraaltaSeptember 28, 2013
    Love this place!! The best place to have drinks in the city... Try the prohibition punch
  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesNovember 16, 2012
    FUN FACT: The space originally served as a private salon for 1920′s financial mogul John W. Campbell.
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelFebruary 7, 2016
    Monks mule was pretty tasty. A bit sweet, but very interesting! Lovely ambiance.
  • Luci
    LuciDecember 3, 2014
    A must if you are at the area and want to have a cocktail. It's like going back in time.
  • joan l.
    joan leeMarch 21, 2013
    If you wear jeans make sure to be super pleasant, they may just let you in. :)
  • Kate
    KateMay 6, 2014
    Prohibition Punch is way bigger than the Kentucky Ginger- and also arguably more tasty.
  • Zack S.
    Zack SheppardJuly 21, 2012
    The "dress code" apparently restricts jeans, t-shirts, and bags. So, 90% of the times you're at Grand Central you're not getting in.
  • Mark
    MarkDecember 23, 2015
    Very nice room, but gets very crowded around happy hour, as that's also rush hour. Drinks are very expensive.
  • Morgan C.
    Morgan ConnacherJune 10, 2013
    Such a hidden gem away from the bustle of Grand Central. Feels like stepping back in time.
  • Isa S.
    Isa SierraJuly 24, 2015
    Most expensive cocktail bar ever. Though well worth it. A bigger bar food menu would be appreciated though.
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LMay 10, 2014
    Screams Old New York. Bring your fancy clothes, and order a Kentucky Ginger!!!
  • Petra D.
    Petra DianováAugust 5, 2015
    Get Kentucky Ginger and Mango Mule with Quesadilla and start a great night at the most fancy place on Manhattan.
  • Augie R.
    Augie RayAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The hours on the plaque by the door are incorrect. If the door is open, the bar is open.
  • @MisterHirsch
    @MisterHirschJanuary 18, 2011
    Swank cocktail place... Must try the Prohibition Punch. Also, don't forget to look up and check-out the ceiling. Beautiful spot.
  • Sally D.
    Sally DuForeNovember 14, 2015
    Best drinks , appetizers are great the ambience and the service outstanding
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinJanuary 28, 2015
    Cool experience and delicious cocktails, does get busy at times though
  • Natalie K.
    Natalie KFebruary 21, 2016
    Gorgeous cocktail bar in grand central. Very pricey though ($18/drink)
  • Justin L.
    Justin LamJanuary 8, 2016
    Excellent space. Expensive, but you're going for the piece of history.
  • Micke H.
    Micke HåkanssonMay 25, 2014
    Snuck away place with ok cocktails. Get the meat and cheese platter, yum!
  • Tom W.
    Tom WhelanOctober 12, 2010
    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.
  • Aaron B.
    Aaron BouvierJanuary 14, 2016
    Pros: good cocktails, interesting space and history. Cons: touristy and expensive.
  • Amelie B.
    Amelie BMarch 29, 2013
    Really beautiful setting (and ceiling). The prohibition punch is overrated in terms of taste, underrated in terms of strength.
  • Nita D.
    Nita DrakatosMay 1, 2013
    Be careful. There is a little bump on the too step. It's under the carpet. If your going up the stairs too fast you might trip.
  • Danielle G.
    Danielle GarreNovember 2, 2010
    Try to make your way up the secret service elevator. It's way more exciting then walking through the front door downstairs. Delicious mixed drinks and such a beautiful interior.
  • The Taste Sheriff
    The Taste SheriffDecember 15, 2014
    Amazing speakeasy. The delmonico is really good.
  • Nadine
    NadineDecember 24, 2014
    A little pricey but nice ambience. The prohibition punch will knock you out!
  • Meg F.
    Meg FarmerMay 12, 2015
    Great for after work cocktails, but be prepared to spend $
  • Claire B.
    Claire BarrettJune 9, 2012
    Always a pleasure to come here. Low lighting, comfy seating and good atmosphere.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WhiteOctober 4, 2015
    Fantastic location, cosy but can get crowded with tourists
  • Heath G.
    Heath GarvinMay 22, 2013
    Just hang loose and enjoy the scenery. A great place to have a drink and chat.
  • Janine B.
    Janine BApril 27, 2014
    Amazing service and strong drinks. What more could you want?
  • Boris P.
    Boris PluskowskiOctober 8, 2014
    Cool atmosphere and a decent bar staff (albeit with a little attitude)
  • Brittany M.
    Brittany MillsAugust 1, 2011
    Amazing! The Campbell Terrace is just as good - love the Watermelon Mojitos.
  • Ashley P.
    Ashley ParrishOctober 18, 2010
    Wait till after 7 when most of the commuters catch their trains then head here for an after work cocktail. The sidecars are delicious.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MayerFebruary 2, 2014
    Perfect day for Campbell's Apartment while all the die hard football fans get ready for the big game.
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MayerJune 17, 2012
    Find the hidden Campbell Apartment through the entrance off Vanderbilt. Try the Prohibition Punch.
  • Kwanza J.
    Kwanza JohnsonFebruary 7, 2014
    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.
  • Dmitriy S.
    Dmitriy SSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Great drinks and atmosphere, sit out on the terrace in the summer.
  • Jesse S.
    Jesse SyswerdaFebruary 21, 2011
    The Kentucky Derby reigns supreme. I had it along with the two tables next to me and we all fell in love. Biejos.
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LewisAugust 7, 2014
    Hidden just faraway enough that you don't have to deal with too many pesky tourists!
  • Анна С.
    Все как написано в афише, камин оказался только для украшения :( несмотря на ранний для посещения бара час, еще находятся любители махнуть коктейль в исторических интерьерах
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