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Holiday Cocktail Lounge, New York, NY

Holiday Cocktail Lounge

4.6
4.6
10 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • 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 10 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
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. L

    Luculla

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere sweet service - good margaritas - thanks
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. A

    Anna

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very cozy and interesting. Definitely coming back!
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. N

    Nicole

    New York Area

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

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 10 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 13 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
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

  • 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

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic, Women

  • 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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