Dress up a bit. Be a tad classy and leave the jeans, sneakers, sandals, and t-shirt for the local pub. Act like an adult and adhere to the dress code. It’s fun to play dress up once in a while. Especially when visiting a spot to partake in cocktails from another era.
Find the exit doors in Grand Central Station on the upper restaurant balcony area. It’s kind of hidden but really not that much of a secret. The Campbell Apartment is listed right above it. Make a left out of them and you’ll see the entrance right off the outside bar/patio area on the Vanderbilt Ave side.
Saunter up to the bar and order a Kentucky Ginger. Watch as the bartender mixes a perfect libation. While he is doing that look over the drink menu and marvel at the list of old-school cocktails that are offered here. Be aware that the room was originally from the 1920’s and has been restored to its former glory. It displays history.
Act all cool like James Bond and take it all in. Lean back against the bar and marvel at the amazing ceiling architecture. Look around at the well dressed crowd enjoying themselves while prohibition era classics and cool jazz play in the background. Limited seating and even on a late evening midweek the joint was jumping. Enjoy the view of those sitting on the balcony area engaging in a little voyeurism of their own. Old school ambiance oozes out of every pore here from the white-jacketed servers, to the black cocktail dressed hostesses adorned with pearl necklaces.
Some were ordering food too. I was having none of that and decided to partake in another Kentucky Ginger. It’s one of those classic historical spots that as a New Yorker you should treat yourself too. Great service, terrific cocktails that you don’t see made much anymore, and a vibrant classy atmosphere. Sure, a drink will average $16 here, but that is the price to pay for opulence in NYC. If that is too much for your wallet to handle I would suggest at least checking this place out at least once, then moving on back to your local budget friendly bar.
As for me, I will be sauntering back here again attired in suit and tie. Reflecting on the life and times of a 1920’s tycoon who used this location as his private office and salon. Wondering if his spirit is standing next to me, leaning against the bar, and taking it all in.
Bartender, another Kentucky Ginger please.
The Campbell Apartment –http://www.hospitalityholdings.com/#/establishments/the_campbell_apartment