At Untapped New York, we’re dedicated to bringing you the best of New York’s cultural life and nightlife. Previously, we shared our picks for the best hidden bars in the City. Now we’re bringing your our list of the Top 10 Bars where artists have left their mark, from Upper East Side institutions like Bemelmans Bar and the King Cole Bar in the St. Regis to the trendy Ace Hotel, with a collage by street artist Michael Anderson. Though a couple of cocktails at some of these bars might be a bit of a splurge, we think it’s worth it for the chance to soak up the atmosphere in these one-of-a-kind places. After all, you won’t find these works of art anywhere else in the world.
1. Bemelmans Bar
The King Cole Bar; Birthplace of the Bloody Mary:
The King Cole Bar is not shy when it comes to advertising its notable history. Located at the St Regis Hotel, the bar enthusiastically advertises that many important events occurred there including the 1934 creation of the Bloody Mary cocktail, which was originally known as the Red Snapper. In addition to being the birthplace of the Bloody Mary, the bar is also well known for its namesake Old King Cole mural painted by illustrator Maxfield Parrish. (more…)
The King Cole Bar, located in the elegant St. Regis Hotel, is famous for its namesake mural and for being the birthplace of the Bloody Mary cocktail. The mural, painted by illustrator Maxfield Parrish, was originally commissioned by John Jacob Astor IV in 1909 for his Knickerbocker Hotel. Parrish was reluctant to paint the mural due to his Quaker upbringing but ultimately agreed for the sum of $5,000. Old King Cole is thought to have been modeled on Astor, but there does not appear to be any resemblance between the two.
Old King Cole was a merry old soul, and a merry old soul was he: