The Campbell, formerly the Campbell Apartment, is the jazz-age speakeasy located inside a spectacular space in Grand Central Terminal. And now, appropriately, you can take in live jazz in The Campbell on Sunday evenings. The newly launched series features new artists each week, including groups like Acute Reflections, Diego Campo Band and Chino Pons. On our visit, the musicians even welcomed guests to dance!
The Campbell was once the private office and entertainment space of business tycoon John W. Campbell. Campbell was a friend of “Commodore” Cornelius Vanderbilt who built Grand Central, so he clearly received some preferential treatment. The space today retains many of the historical details, like a large stone fireplace that makes it feel like someone’s Gilded Age mansion, hand painted ceilings, and a large leaded glass window behind the bar. Campbell’s safe sits inside the fireplace, and the jazz musicians are located just in front of it. Book your reservations and see more information about the menu here! Little known fact: The Campbell also serves brunch.
In 2017, the Gerber Group re-opened a newly restored bar, christened The Campbell, with an updated cocktail menu and expanded food offerings. On our tour of the Secrets of Grand Central, visitors get to step inside The Campbell and can conclude, if they want, by staying for a drink or food!
First photograph in slideshow courtesy of The Campbell/Gerber Group, the remaining by Untapped New York by Ella Garcia.