Tuesday, July 22, 2014

New York Speakeasy: The Campbell Apartment

Every once in awhile the gang at Mystery Playground likes to drop into a modern speakeasy. These are bars that have some element of the "speaks" of the 1920s when Prohibition was in full swing. The Campbell Apartment, near New York City's Grand Central Station, is a beautiful place with an outdoor seating area when the weather is good and beautiful quarters inside. 

The inside of the bar used to be the apartment of 1920s mogul, John W. Campbell, and it's currently styled in the decor of that time. It's a large space and doesn't have the intimacy of many of the modern speakeasy bars that we've visited in the past, but it's beautiful and the drinks are fabulous. There is a small upstairs area that is a little more private. It was way too dark to take photos. 

The Drinks:
The drinks were handcrafted fresh and fabulous. I had the Robber Baron which is made with vodka, muddled mint, fresh lime juice and Midori. My friend had the Prohibition Punch which is made with Passion Fruit Juices, Appleton Rum Estate VX, Gran Gala and Moet & Chandon Champagne. They were expensive, even for a speakeasy. 

The Food:
The Campbell Apartment serves food. We shared a small pizza and it was quite tasty. 

The Campbell Apartment is well marked with signage and easy to get to - just around the corner from Grand Central Station. It's address is 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, NY, NY. You don't need a password. Reservations are recommended, although we got in without one. Many people are wearing business attire or dressed up a bit. 

You can read about our other New York speakeasy adventures:

- Bathtub Gin
- Death & Company (Lower East Side)
- 67 Orange Street (Harlem) 
- Raines Law Room (17th between 5&6th)

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