Holiday Cocktail Lounge

4.6
9 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
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.

Safety precautions

Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 9 people are saying
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4.6based on all time ratings
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4.6
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4.3
ambience
4.3
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MC213
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It’s a fun place! Great location, bartender and waitstaff All very friendly.

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CheesePlease11217
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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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Anna
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cozy and interesting. Definitely coming back!

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vipDJB77
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Charcuterie board was fantastic! Enjoyed the cocktails as well.

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chiller40
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Strong drinks, good food and they have knowledge staff

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vipNicole
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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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AmandaM
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

There is a horrible set up in the backyard. They put us at a table where there was no heating of any kind and its freezing. If you are going to open for outdoor dining please have the things necessary to do so! Also, super uncomfortable in a mini table, and obviously we couldnt ask to move to a better place. I made a reservation a day before, enough time for them to provide a good space. Also, the outside is full of graffiti. I Honestly thought it was closed permanently and someone pranked me with the reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Excellent cocktails. We tried almost every one on the menu. The only issue is their heating for outside is a little strange and limited, and they kept turning it off on us.

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KristaR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and great drinks! Order the giant pretzel and a martini!

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 9 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.