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
Yesterday, the Oak Room and Oak Bar at the Plaza Hotel served its last drink. We went to capture the closure of the iconic institution. As reported, they were out of Pimms so we had another favorite, the hibiscus flower cocktail. The atmosphere was jolly, we didn’t hear anybody speak of “last day” and we lamented we would never have another lobster mini taco in the late afternoon.
The Oak Room, next to the bar:
The murals in the Oak Room are by Everett Shin, an American of the Ashcan School.
In the hallway outside the Oak Room, there is a hall of fame of celebrities at the Plaza (Marilyn Monroe, Brigitte Bardot, the Beatles) and mementos of the Gilded Age.
Good night Oak Room. What will take its place?