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Holiday Cocktail Lounge, New York, NY

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

4.6
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.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Cocktail Bar

  • Phone number

    (212) 777-9637

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    We'd be happy to arrange your festive celebration. We can host private parties, pop-up dinners, etc. https://www.holidaycocktaillounge.bar/private-events/

  • Neighborhood

    East Village

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Small Bites & Snacks

  • Chicken Noodle Soup$8.00

    homestyle farfalle, rosemary crackers

    • Wagyu Corn Dog Bites$8.00

      crisped corn meal

      • Fried Pickles$8.00

        house ranch dip

        • Pickle Plate$8.00

          house made pickles, dilly beans, olives

          • Holiday Fries$8.00

            Generous portion, hand cut, seriously, the best!

            Large Bites

            Great to share!

            • Pizza Margherita$18.00

              sour dough crust, fresh mozzarella, basil 14"

              • Cheese & Charcuterie$18.00

                Great to share!

                • Brisket Burger Sliders

                  Brisket Burger tomato jam, pickle, cheese

                  • 3pc$13.00
                • Crispy Tofu Burger Sliders

                  crispy marinated tofu, wasabi relish, sriracha, peppers

                  • 3pc$13.00
                • Venison & Beef Chili$13.00

                  crema mexicana, adironack cheddar

                  • Roasted Beet Salad$13.00

                    goat cheese, almonds

                    • Holiday Crispy Wings$13.00

                      choose: Naked, Soy Glaze, Buffalo & house ranch

                      • Giant Pretzel$13.00

                        garlic butter, beer cheese, & housemade mustard

                        Sweets

                        • Fried Oreos$8.00

                          with boozy whipped cream

                          • Smore's Nachos$13.00

                            graham crackers, marshmallows & chocolate baked into a pile o' nachos in our pizza oven

                            Last updated: February 1, 2022

                            What 9 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
                            • 4.4Food
                            • 4.5Service
                            • 4.3Ambience
                            • 4.3Value

                            NoiseModerate

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                            1. MC

                              MC213

                              New York Area

                              6 reviews

                              5.0

                              6 reviews

                              Dined on September 24, 2021

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

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

                            2. CP

                              CheesePlease11217

                              New York Area

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 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!

                            3. A

                              Anna

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 9, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Very cozy and interesting. Definitely coming back!

                            4. DJ

                              DJB77

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 3, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Charcuterie board was fantastic! Enjoyed the cocktails as well.

                            5. c

                              chiller40

                              New York Area

                              9 reviews

                              4.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on March 19, 2021

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Strong drinks, good food and they have knowledge staff

                            6. N

                              Nicole

                              New York Area

                              14 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              14 reviews

                              Dined on February 15, 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.

                            7. AM

                              AmandaM

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              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.

                            8. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Philadelphia

                              30 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              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.

                            9. KR

                              KristaR

                              New York Area

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on January 9, 2021

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                            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

                            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.

                            Make a reservation

                            2 people

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                            Google Map for Holiday Cocktail Lounge

                            75 Saint Marks Pl New York, NY 10003-7944

                            Additional information

                            • Neighborhood

                              East Village

                            • Cuisines

                              Cocktail Bar

                            • Dining style

                              Casual Dining

                            • Dress code

                              Casual Dress

                            • Parking details

                              Street Parking

                            • Payment options

                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                            • Additional

                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, 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, etc. https://www.holidaycocktaillounge.bar/private-events/

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