196 2nd Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.731075 -73.985635
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
Best Martinis Ever! – When I first arrived with my date, I wasn’t sure what to expect. It was her idea to come here. The cave-like appearance had me going at first, but once inside, the stone walls add to the atmosphere. The service wasn’t the very best but I think it’s because they were jealous of how hot my date was. The single guys got better service…Anyway, I ordered a Cosmo and it was the best damn martini I’ve ever had. I just wish they’d open a place like this near me.
Natasha and I – Grace had gone out of town with a guy she had been talking to for a while so I got stuck with Natasha. She is very into her self and we came here and I had a great time with her, better then I thought it would have been. The service was great and the place comfortable. Natasha had gotten a man to get her drinks like always, while I sat back and watched because I am with Nicholas of course, well talking to him and was very happy. More than I had probably shown him. But the I also had caught the bartenders eye and had fun myself too!
Beautiful space, great service, delicious cocktails – Welcoming, comfortable, cool space with what seem to be those rare talented bartenders who really know what they're doing. I've been there on low key nights where it's the best place to bring friends to chill, and on super busy nights where the DJ is rocking the place out, and it's quite the scene. Loved it both ways. The service was great, the cocktails awesome, and the overall experience hard to beat. A real find that stands out among the myriad places in NYC.
Hidden, Cool Spot – Gotta say that Blue Owl is a hidden gem.
Once in a while you find a spot that seems too good to be true - no knuckleheads, cool vibe, excellent cocktails. I hesitate to say too much, lest this spot get discovered and overrun by said knuckleheads ;)
Mum's the word, right?
Me and my crew claimed one of the corners complete with a couch and cushy chairs. DJ was playing some decent tunes for the most part.
Any ways... definitely worth checking out.
Cute space, TERRIBLE service!!! – A few friends and I went on a Wednesday night at around 8pm. The place was relatively empty, decor was cute--though it's ridiculously dark in there. We grabbed a few seats around a table shared with another couple until a back seating area opened up for our group. We ordered drinks from a brunette who was easily confused and it took over 20 minutes to get our first round. After finishing those in about 10 minutes, we waited another 15 before we had to get up and go track her down to order more. Place was still relatively empty--there were more people at the bar, but it's not as though she were serving them--so I'm not quite sure what she was doing... After ordering, we waited ANOTHER 20 minutes just to get those drinks. It got to be such a joke that when she finally brought the drinks, I told her to just go ahead and put in the order for the next round now. Sadly enough, despite having pre-ordered our drinks before we had even touched the ones she just dropped off, we finished the round and were waiting about 15 minutes before I went to find her. At that point, our get together was still dead sober and annoyed. Still only about 10 other people sitting in areas for her to serve. WHAT WAS TAKING SO LONG?! I tracked her down again and asked her how long it would be and she responded with a really terrible and rude attitude about how she was "doing the best I can" and turned her back on me, so I told her to just forget it and cancel the round and close all our tabs ASAP. Yeah. Took another 15 minutes for her to come around and she only brought me my check, not the checks of the other 4 people at our table. Yup. Another 10 minutes and my friends just got up and asked the bartender to close them out. Needless to say, her tip was not good--I'm usually a 20% for regular service, more for great, and a $1/drink at a standing bar, 20% seated kind of tipper so my $1 tip for my entire experience there should tell just how annoyed and pissed I was. This was just a crap waitress. I used to be a server so I know what it's like to be in a crunch and not be able to please everybody, but it was NOT crowded in there and she obviously didn't know what she was doing or how to manage customers. No attempt to explain why things might be taking so long, just a bad attitude and complete negligence.
The horrible service with the drinks didn't even include her really random seating demands of some friends of our group who came a bit later and grabbed another table. Apparently, since they knew us, they couldn't take up another table?? Bizarre!
Anyway, it was my first time at Blue Owl and my friends and I will NOT be going back. Ridiculous.
Best Coctails in NYC! – This place is awesome! The vibe is cool, laid-back and just the right amount of hip and chic.
The drinks are incredible - probably the most creative and esoteric coctail menu around. the mixologists are genius!!! Try the Ellison...
The back private party room is super cool - it even has a double sided mirror so you can see out into the lounge.
Highly recommend it for private parties or just having a few with some friends. Comfy seating and some nice private areas as well.
Great Cocktail Den – I have been to Blue Owl before...but not since the summer. On Monday they had this amazing party to launch their new cocktail menu. Well everything was just as i expected and more! The crowd was upscale, attractive, and def an after work crowd. The cocktails are just terrific. They are very inventive and not something that you can find anywhere else. I have also been here on a date and it was a perfect atmosphere for that as well. This is really a great place to relax (that is not pretentious) and have a few amazing drinks!
Chic Cocktail lounge – I went here with my friend and was quite impressed. It is a hidden hot spot. You go down the stairs and are pleasantly surprised. The bartenders and cocktail waitresses are very friendly and attentive. When I was there a Dj was spinning good music and i tried exotic drinks that are the Blue Owls own creations. I had a delish martini made with cucumbers, it was so refreshing. Perfect for the summer. Then I tried a rasberry infused cocktail which was just as delish. I definitely recommend this place for a private party, happy hour, date spot where you can order specialty cocktails and martinis, after work spot. It is great for everything!!! Plus I met the owner which was an added bonus. He is super nice and really cares about his customers :)
Work Party Magic – Did you ever go to a decent place just to have a good, normal after-work party with a few acquaintances from work, nothing special? My boss brought us to the Blue Owl after work because he thinks we should bond more as a team. He told us business could be better, and our raises are not going to be so hot. It was a nice gesture, though, and he really chose a nice place.
He bought a few rounds for us at the Blue Owl after work and then let us go. It was good for the team, relaxing, and friendly.
The Blue Owl was perfect for this. The bartender was warm and friendly, not obnoxious, bright, or pushy. The lounge space was warm, compact, and alive, but there weren't any signs, televisions, or ads. It is a really cool lounge with sweet leather box chairs, a copper bar, and softy couches. Very relaxing, very business, very calm, very friendly. It was so good to feel normal and relaxed with coworkers, too . . . I told my boss we should do this once a month.
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