40 W 40th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.752894 -73.983446
Monday: 5PM-12AM Tuesday-Wednesday: 5PM-1AM Thursday: 5PM-2AM Friday: 5PM-4AM Saturday: 10PM-4AM Sunday: Closed
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
Pleasantly Surprised – I haven't been here for about 2 years and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the party is still going strong. Drinks are pretty much the same price but the bar tenders have gotten much more generous with the alcohol. A friend at BirthdaysAndBottles hooked us up with the VIP treatment and we can't recommend their service enough! If you're getting a table then the best spot in the house is still next to the entrance/DJ - you'll have a lot more space.
Cellar Bar is a Party House – My friend, Daisy had a rad party here. AccessGotham booked the party free and gave us a delicious strawberry birthday cake for 40 people. We even got a free bottle of Merlot. Celebration extraordinaire.
Dangerous, shady place – I will never set foot in this place or Bryant Park Hotel ever again. A male was photographing me inside the bar and when I asked the bouncer for help I was instead carried out violenty and left on the street. I have bruises from him on my lower back. I asked to speak to a manager and was told no manager was on staff. I ended up calling the police to report how badly I was treated. The staff then ganged up against me and started to call me names. What's worse is the police arrived and took their story first and carried me out in handcuffs for "trespassing". The male who was photographing me was not asked to leave and remained in the bar, while I was taken to a holding cell. I now have to appear in court to fight criminal charges for a crime I didn't commit. Very scary place, scary and bullying staff. All you girls reading out there, I beg you not to go here. I don't want what happened to me to happen to you.
Great for Networking Events – I'm responsible for setting up a semi-annual networking event for my young professionals group. We used to do it at loft spaces but wanted something a bit more upbeat this year. The event planner we used recommended Cellar Bar as the best place for us. The interior was very impressive and well suited for us. Our group got a great drink special from 6-8pm. I would definitely contact the staff at JSN Productions to setup your event, they're thorough and will get you a great deal
NYC Hot Spot? NOT! – I was never treated so poorly in my life. We came in to celebrate my friends birthday, and from the start we were looked upon as trash. as the night progressed, we were thrown out, because someone tried to start a fight with us, Keep in mind we purchased 3 bottles and were not able to enjoy them. I will not go back and would not recommend this place to anyone, as a native new yorker and an avid club guru. The bouncers and door men, were nasty as can be, and were not wiling to work with us, my choice was to be thrown out in cuffs or pay my bill. very disappointed i was treated like a criminal while they stole my money! Another big issue was the age limit, as we were walking around, it seemed as if the age of alot of the club goers were in their teens? so if your a guy looking to have a good time BECAREFUL!
NYC Hot Spot – Went here for a friends birthday last weekend. Very laid back and relaxed atmosphere and the layout of the space was cool.
Great for large groups, however I would recommend getting on the guest list by contacting AccessGotham. com. We went in the VIP and were inside in a a matter of minutes!
Drinks are a fairly priced, remember were your to a bar in the Bryant Park Hotel, the place is fancy. I look forward to going back soon!
Great Venue – I got a complimentary bottle because we were a large party of 40 plus. If they you have less, they offer free drink tickets. The decor is very nice inside, and its laid out well.
Thank you AccessGotham for getting us in with no hassles.
Upscale Low Key Lounge – After reading other people's reviews, I have to say mine is strictly for a Thursday after-work event and all I got was great service and strong drinks.
We had our own private sections booked and our waitress was very nice but slightly slow. Nonetheless, she gave us strong drinks and they kept coming!
We also tried some of the cheese plates and chips with salsa. They were alright, typical bar food.
I really like the decor too; it was nice and I felt like I was in some underground secret hideout. There were no loud obnoxious crowd which I really appreciated.
I would definitely revisit this place!
Nasty face control – They have the worst face control ever. The doorman was mean and it seems he was trying to play a taugh dictator. He was turning people away just because he didn't like the tone of their voice, which wasn't bad at all, prohibited use of cellphones, talking between people in like even when I needed to find out the name of my guestlist and almost turned me away for not remembering it, then after my friend still told it to me nevermind security bitching threatenned to deny an entrance again if I don't immediately recall it by heart. About 5 out of 10 visitors were turned off by this sheboy's attetude. I don't think I wanna go back again.
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