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Campbell Apartment

New York City-Midtown Manhattan

4.3 / 5

May 11, 2018

If you are ever in Manhattan and feel the need to escape the hubbub for an hour or two, seek out the small yet grandiose Campbell Apartment, also known as Campbell Bar, in Midtown.

This bar provides a taste of the Great Gatsby in the authentic surrounds of the Grand Central Terminal – no baseball hats or sneakers allowed. Saunter up the grand staircase and find yourself immersed in a bar where time stands still. Its grandeur manages to remain intimate and oddly relaxed, despite its location in one of the busiest transport hubs in the world.

History nerds will be thrilled to learn that the rooms of the bar were once the offices of American financier John W. Campbell, who was on the board of directors for the New York Central Railroad back in the 1920s. He commissioned builders to transform the rooms into something resembling the interior of a Florentine palace, which was completed with panache. After falling into disrepair, the space was fortunately restored to its former opulence and opened as a bar and restaurant in the late 1990s. The attention to detail is second to none – admire the leaded windows and rich mahogany furniture. You will be transported to a bygone era and wonder where you left your flapper dress.

Cocktail enthusiasts will just be thrilled just to sip one of the delectable concoctions on offer in the sumptuous surrounds. The jalapeño margarita is not for the cowardly, nor is the vodka-based oxtail soup-esque Bull Shot. Or you could truly step back in time and enjoy John Campbell’s martini whilst enjoying a view of the grandest fireplace you have ever seen, replete with Mr Campbell’s original safe, once buried in the wall. Pop in for one, but make sure you stay for at least two.

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