The Colorful History of
The Blue Bar

To Date, the hotel has sold three $ 10,000 martinis.

In 1933, John Barrymore came up with the idea to have blue lighting the bar.

Al Hirschfeld was a regular patron, now several of his drawings hang on the walls.

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The Blue Bar

constantly reinventing

Delighting thirsty revelers when it opened at the demise of Prohibition in 1933, The Blue Bar has moved – both physically and eruditely – through decades of Times Square hotel bar trends.


A post-theater nightcap. An after work gathering with colleagues. Unabashed curiosity. The Blue Bar draws those who want to see and be seen. Enjoy the rich history and subtly lit ambiance. Or simply enjoy a perfectly poured cocktail.

“Three be the things I shall never attain: envy, content, and sufficient Champagne”

Dorothy Parker


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