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“Whiskey and smoke”
Review of Hudson Bar & Books

Hudson Bar & Books
Ranked #118 of 866 Nightlife in New York City
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NY
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Whiskey and smoke”
Reviewed 22 April 2013

Cigar smokers in NY have fewer and fewer places to indulge. Hudson Bar and Books, one of several owned by the Bar and Books chain, is one of the better ones, small but sophisticated. It's a return to the type of oak-and-leather lounge that has all but disappeared from the city, at least where smokers are concerned. It has a variety of interesting cocktails, whiskeys, other alcoholic beverages and a small snacking menu. It's on the steep side - a glass of wine can run $13 to $17, and you can easily get a bottle of same for the same price at a liquor store. But you're paying for the ambiance and a place to smoke. This branch is not particularly well-ventilated; your clothes will probably come out smelling like smoke. But the atmosphere is worth it: low-key; jazz and gentle, older pop standards on the speakers; James Bond movies playing with the sound off on the TV. (You can actually get a Vesper here, his signature cocktail. Not many bartenders today have even heard of it.) Outdoor tables in the warmer weather, enclosed when it's cooler. Well worth it, a great way to while away an afternoon.

Visited April 2013
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
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English first
Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“One of the best of the few (cigar bars in NYC)”
Reviewed 9 January 2013 via mobile

I have been to all 3 of their NYC locations and would rank this 2nd behind the Beekman location which has more seating space. There's a nice couch in the back of the Hudson location but it's always the first to go. We sat at the bar; great bartenders. Wish we had a table though, the cocktail waitresses in the little red dresses are a nice touch.

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New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Ridiculous price for a regular glass of Pino Grigio!”
Reviewed 6 January 2013

The waitress not only lacked the courtesy to tell us the glass was over $20 but she kept pouring mine half empty. After three glasses each we got a ridiculous $$$ bill and were charged for the tap water. Are you serious???

Visited August 2012
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England
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Lovely find”
Reviewed 18 November 2012

Cocktails were absolutely amazing, but very very expensive. Only visited once during our stay, would have gone back if a bit cheaper.

Visited September 2012
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Franklin, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The company made this better than it could have been.”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

Myself and three other guys climbed onto the couches in the back on a cold night in January and had a tremendous time. The music choices were terrible, and the service was ok - but overall, it's a very good memory in my book.

Visited January 2012
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