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Holiday Cocktail Lounge, New York, NY

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

4.6
4.6
13 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
  • Good for groups
  • Neighborhood gem
  • Great for outdoor dining
Almost 100 years old, this iconic East Village watering hole has pioneered “Dive Elegance”, where craft cocktails and a warm welcome meet. The bar has been a gritty dive bar frequented in the 1990s by The Ramones and The Bouncing Souls, who immortalized it in their “Holiday Cocktail Lounge” song. In the 1980s, Madonna, Iggy Pop and Keith Richards frequented its bar stools. Poets Allen Ginsburg and W.H. Auden were regulars in the 1970s, as was Godlis, who documented the punk rock scene, Frank Sinatra and Shelly Winters made it their haunt in the 1960s. Holiday Cocktail Lounge opened in 1950, succeeding The Ali Baba Burlesque, which entertained guests in the 1940s. The venue began its libational history back in 1919 as a speakeasy hidden in Ann’s Beauty Shop, attracting the likes of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky during his East Village sojourn. It was the city’s 50th licensed bar when Prohibition ended in 1933. The building itself dates back to 1835.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, American, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (212) 777-9637
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Drew McVety
  • Private party facilities
    We'd be happy to arrange your festive celebration. We can host private parties, pop-up dinners, tastings and mixology classeshttps://www.holidaycocktaillounge.bar/private-events/
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Cross street
    East Village - Saint Mark's Place between First and Second Avenue
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    L, R, F and 6 trains are close
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 13 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

13 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was a gem. The food was excellent and the vibe was something to experience

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cory was a fantastic bartender. One of the best!! She made me a perfect classic Manhattan that was delicious.

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  3. BigCdub

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This bar is so much fun! Great staff, great music and tasty cocktails.

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  4. Luculla

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great atmosphere sweet service - good margaritas - thanks

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  5. MC213

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a fun place! Great location, bartender and waitstaff All very friendly.

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  6. CheesePlease11217

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was lovely and attentive. Drinks and food were good and the patio out back is wonderful. Looking forward to our next visit!

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  7. Anna

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cozy and interesting. Definitely coming back!

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  8. DJB77

    New York City

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Charcuterie board was fantastic! Enjoyed the cocktails as well.

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  9. chiller40

    New York City

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Strong drinks, good food and they have knowledge staff

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  10. Nicole

    New York City

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I came with three friends for Valentines Day (singles woohooo) and we had a blast. We sat outside in the garden, were comfy under heaters, and thought it was so cute out back. The vibes are super chill. Our server was fun and attentive. We loved the fried pickles, the wings, the pickle and olive plate, and the french fries. The espresso martinis were delicious-- brought us back to our middle school days drinking Starbucks Frappucinos. So fun. We can't wait to come back, especially when it's warm out and the garden will be truly adorable.

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FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Holiday Cocktail Lounge using the Order Online button. Holiday Cocktail Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-9637.

Holiday Cocktail Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 13 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Holiday Cocktail Lounge

75 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003-7944

Additional information

  • Cross street
    East Village - Saint Mark's Place between First and Second Avenue
  • Neighborhood
    East Village
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Sat 4:00 pm–2:00 am Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, American, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Public transit
    L, R, F and 6 trains are close
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Drew McVety
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (212) 777-9637
  • Private party facilities
    We'd be happy to arrange your festive celebration. We can host private parties, pop-up dinners, tastings and mixology classeshttps://www.holidaycocktaillounge.bar/private-events/
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