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The Library at the Public

New York City-City-Center

4.4 / 5

May 11, 2018

This 'Astor era' cocktail lounge at the Public Theater, part of the venue's recent four year $40 million renovation project, is an incredibly debonair space...

This ‘Astor era’ cocktail lounge at the Public Theater, part of the venue’s recent four year $40 million renovation project, is an incredibly debonair space. The bar evokes an air of tradition and sophistication, as befits a cultural institution of this calibre. Tucked away on the mezzanine level, the room designed by the Rockwell Group is handsome and masculine, lined with brown banquettes and bookshelves. It’s a clubby, luxurious space, lots of wood and soft brown leather. Despite its location it’s open to everyone, not just theatregoers, though it makes the perfect space for discussing the merits of the latest Michael John LaChiusa or Jason Robert Brown, or dissecting Al Pacino’s way with Mamet’s punchy dialogue. Aptly given the name, it tends to be one of the few bars in the city where you don’t have to yell over the music and your fellow drinkers’ chatter to have a quiet conversation, and the clientele is a nicely mixed bunch. The place is open nightly for dinner and cocktails – the food menu includes tempting dishes like seafood gumbo and orecchiette pasta with cauliflower and pecorino and the sweet toothed among you should save space for one of the delicious desserts. The cocktail list, care of mixologist Tiffany Short, boasts creatively named Gilded Age drinks like the Damsel’s Downfall (tequila, apple-cinnamon shrub and soda) and the Bye Bye Albatross (Russian vodka, vermouth and absinthe). There’s also a decent selection of wines and beers on offer. If you fancy some entertainment later, pop next door to Joe’s Pub (also part of the Public Theater), which hosts regular live music acts.

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