The Campbell Apartment

The Campbell Apartment

(Now Closed)
Cocktail Bar, Bar, and Lounge$$$$
Midtown East, New York
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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Zeba S.
    Zeba SiddiqiFebruary 28
    Prohibition punch is really good & their goat cheese & sundried tomatoes flatbread pizza. Gossip girl scenes were shot here! Speakeasy inside grand central station!
  • Irma Z.
    Irma ZandlAugust 28, 2015
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Lauren D.
    Lauren DApril 15
    Tasty drinks! Got the Flapper (with Papaya, champagne, amaretto) and the truffle popcorn was Amazing! ... Way expensive though :/
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
    ThePurplePassport.comJanuary 11, 2012
    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
  • Shayna
    ShaynaOctober 28, 2012
    the $19 prohibition punch is so worth it! they pour in fancy champagne to top off your glass when they bring it to you... as you watch from your red plush chair!
  • Karl W.
    Karl With A "K"July 8, 2015
    Great spot next to GCT for drinks, though a bit pricey. Ambience and service rock. Try the chicken quesadillas (tangy) and the truffle popcorn.
  • Tracey C.
    Tracey ChurrayMay 11, 2014
    Old school New York. No jeans, no tshirts and amazing cocktails. Perfect place to start a fancy night on the town.
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacAugust 23, 2015
    Wow, this place is great. Lively but not crowded, pricey but not outrageous, dark but not hard to see. Live jazz played (maybe a bit too loud), but service was great. Try the bayerd fizz or punch.
  • Lindsey j.
    It's going to be closing soon. We love the ambiance but hostess staff did not give us our reserved our table after making reservations and waiting till members of our party arrive. 😕👎
  • Martin K.
    Martin KMarch 22, 2015
    Walk-up possible, reservation is better. Dress appropriately. This bar takes you back in time. The prohibition punch is pricey (20$), but the best drink you'll taste in Manhattan.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Dustin L.
    Dustin LeeJuly 30
    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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • RauwCC | Maarten R.
    As if you enter the Gryffindor dormitory room at Hogwarts, but then hidden away in Grand Central Station. In short; AWESOME!
  • 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!
  • David M.
    David MaMarch 30, 2015
    A hidden gem from another era. The cocktails are made & served really quickly too.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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)
  • Tim M.
    Tim MulcroneMarch 19
    Great little speakeasy spot semi-hidden within Grand Central. Fantastic outdoor patio for summer drinks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Maria V.
    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.
  • 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.
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