MercBar

★★★☆☆
Downtown chic meets rustic ski lodge at this cozy Soho standard.
  • 151 Mercer St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: Btw. Prince and Houston Sts, SoHo

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  • 212-966-2727

About MercBar

Hours
Sun-Mon 5pm-1:30am Tue-Wed 5pm-2am Thu 5pm-2:30am Fri-Sat 5pm-3:30am

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Merc Bar does not deserve to be on the Best of Citysearch list. Their arrogance, lack of communication and terrible customer service ruined my wedding night. We held an after party in their private room. Per the manager's request, we

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★★★★★

Merc Bar does not deserve to be on the Best of Citysearch list. Their arrogance, lack of communication and terrible customer service ruined my wedding night. We held an after party in their private room. Per the manager's request, we

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A bit overpriced but the drinks are tasty! It's in a nice area and not ideal for "going out" rather just meeting up.

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★★★★★

A bit overpriced but the drinks are tasty! It's in a nice area and not ideal for "going out" rather just meeting up.

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I had been to MercBar on a Sunday night a couple times before. There were very few patrons at those times. However, I was meeting a friend at MercBar on thur. The place was somewhat busy, although the front lounge area was not. I sat in the lounge and waited for my friend. The waitress took my order, and brought me my beer. I finished in ten minutes, and sat with an empty glass for the next twenty. She was helping some bigger parties, and I understand that my Budweisers and I would not take much priority. But she never came over, even as she chatted with the bartender and server at the bar. My friend showed. I mentioned the lack of service to my friend. I said ??I bet she will take your order, but not mine.? The server came to us. Sure enough, she took my friends request, and then walked away, as my empty beer glass sat on the table. We summoned her over before she could completely get away. I ordered another beer. Then we never saw her again. I had to go to the bar and order my next round. Another server was collecting glasses and I asked ??Do we still have a server?? The woman said ??She is in the back having dinner.? My friend and I looked at each other and laughed. An hour later, I found our server and requested a check. The biggest mistake ever was tipping this woman. Maybe she was volunteer? I never write reviews. If I had stiffed her on the tip, then maybe I would have never written this review. But I had to get my story to the masses. This is my first review. Our waitress had red hair. She was useless.

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★★☆☆☆

I had been to MercBar on a Sunday night a couple times before. There were very few patrons at those times. However, I was meeting a friend at MercBar on thur. The place was somewhat busy, although the front lounge area was not. I sat in the lounge and waited for my friend. The waitress took my order, and brought me my beer. I finished in ten minutes, and sat with an empty glass for the next twenty. She was helping some bigger parties, and I understand that my Budweisers and I would not take much priority. But she never came over, even as she chatted with the bartender and server at the bar. My friend showed. I mentioned the lack of service to my friend. I said ??I bet she will take your order, but not mine.? The server came to us. Sure enough, she took my friends request, and then walked away, as my empty beer glass sat on the table. We summoned her over before she could completely get away. I ordered another beer. Then we never saw her again. I had to go to the bar and order my next round. Another server was collecting glasses and I asked ??Do we still have a server?? The woman said ??She is in the back having dinner.? My friend and I looked at each other and laughed. An hour later, I found our server and requested a check. The biggest mistake ever was tipping this woman. Maybe she was volunteer? I never write reviews. If I had stiffed her on the tip, then maybe I would have never written this review. But I had to get my story to the masses. This is my first review. Our waitress had red hair. She was useless.

Pros: Atmosphere and music

Cons: Server

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I booked a party here not too long ago and it was a disaster. They packed our party into a tight space with at least one other party there as well. The waitress couldn't distinguish who was who and put a load of drinks on my tab that my party didn't order. When I tried to argue with the waitress and the bartender (there was no manager working for some reason) they both insisted that there was no error and had no interest in hearing otherwise.

Worse still, I spoke to some friends who paid for their drinks in cash and the waitress did not remove the drinks from my tab. SHE POCKETED THE CASH. Truly a horrible experience.

I told all this to the manager afterward and she was not interested in negotiating and stood 100% behind her staff without admitting there was even a chance a mistake could be made on a busy Saturday night.

What a mess. My only advice to stay FAR away from this place since there are other reviews here mentioning this waitress this seems to be a major issue for the place.

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★☆☆☆☆

I booked a party here not too long ago and it was a disaster. They packed our party into a tight space with at least one other party there as well. The waitress couldn't distinguish who was who and put a load of drinks on my tab that my party didn't order. When I tried to argue with the waitress and the bartender (there was no manager working for some reason) they both insisted that there was no error and had no interest in hearing otherwise.

Worse still, I spoke to some friends who paid for their drinks in cash and the waitress did not remove the drinks from my tab. SHE POCKETED THE CASH. Truly a horrible experience.

I told all this to the manager afterward and she was not interested in negotiating and stood 100% behind her staff without admitting there was even a chance a mistake could be made on a busy Saturday night.

What a mess. My only advice to stay FAR away from this place since there are other reviews here mentioning this waitress this seems to be a major issue for the place.

Pros: Any Pro is not worth even mentioning

Cons: Take Your Pick...

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★☆☆☆☆

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Pros: none

Cons: staff/ bartenderd

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On a high note, I just spoke with the manager. He was really helpful and accomodating. I just hope that that rest of the bar is like that....

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★☆☆☆☆

On a high note, I just spoke with the manager. He was really helpful and accomodating. I just hope that that rest of the bar is like that....

Pros: Example: best croissants in town

Cons: What are the drawbacks?

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I've been a frequent patron for a long time. I was even there with a party of 15 for my birthday last year which I had a great time.

However, last night I had a disappointing experience. I had a party of 8 sitting at a table all night long with the usual waitress servicing all our drinks with a opened tab. We were having a good time except my drink was incorrect, tonic instead of ginger ale with whiskey. What the heck, liquor is liquor, I took it without complaining. At the end, I ordered a shot for the waitress and she gladly accepted.

Everyone was having a good time and when it came for the check, it had about 30+ drinks ordered plus 5 kamikazes which I had no clue how it came about. I brought the check to question at the bar and the waitress had no idea then the bartender next to her said I went up to the bar to order the shots. After explaining to the bartender we have only been ordering drinks through the waitress, I realized he was more drunk than some of the customers was. After seemingly going no where, I was getting annoyed and furious after the drunken bartender now changed his story insisting someone else from my table had ordered the shots at the bar. Finally after listening to the never ending discussion, the waitress apologetically removed the charges from the check.

All I can say the waitresses are usually awesome but beware the drunken bartender and do itemize the check carefully for drinks that the bartender can slapped on without your knowing.

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★★★☆☆

I've been a frequent patron for a long time. I was even there with a party of 15 for my birthday last year which I had a great time.

However, last night I had a disappointing experience. I had a party of 8 sitting at a table all night long with the usual waitress servicing all our drinks with a opened tab. We were having a good time except my drink was incorrect, tonic instead of ginger ale with whiskey. What the heck, liquor is liquor, I took it without complaining. At the end, I ordered a shot for the waitress and she gladly accepted.

Everyone was having a good time and when it came for the check, it had about 30+ drinks ordered plus 5 kamikazes which I had no clue how it came about. I brought the check to question at the bar and the waitress had no idea then the bartender next to her said I went up to the bar to order the shots. After explaining to the bartender we have only been ordering drinks through the waitress, I realized he was more drunk than some of the customers was. After seemingly going no where, I was getting annoyed and furious after the drunken bartender now changed his story insisting someone else from my table had ordered the shots at the bar. Finally after listening to the never ending discussion, the waitress apologetically removed the charges from the check.

All I can say the waitresses are usually awesome but beware the drunken bartender and do itemize the check carefully for drinks that the bartender can slapped on without your knowing.

Pros: Waitresses are awesome

Cons: Bartenders are rude

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This place is great...it is like chill and relaxing but still stylish and classy. The bartenders are super hot also!! The perfect spot to go for a drink after work or anytime you are in the neighborhood. Go and enjoy it!

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★★★★★

This place is great...it is like chill and relaxing but still stylish and classy. The bartenders are super hot also!! The perfect spot to go for a drink after work or anytime you are in the neighborhood. Go and enjoy it!

Pros: location, service, environment, crowd, drinks

Cons: none

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I was at Merc Bar for the first time last Tuesday and had a blast. The staff was very friendly and looked like they actually enjoyed being there, plus the cocktails were strong and well mixed. The atmosphere was very relaxed, almost like being at a country lodge in mountains - which can be a welcome relief from the typical Soho madness. I raged hard with Rayj who was there, and I hear celebs frequent the bar often since its located next door to the Mercer Hotel. Solid choice if you're down in Soho.

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★★★★★

I was at Merc Bar for the first time last Tuesday and had a blast. The staff was very friendly and looked like they actually enjoyed being there, plus the cocktails were strong and well mixed. The atmosphere was very relaxed, almost like being at a country lodge in mountains - which can be a welcome relief from the typical Soho madness. I raged hard with Rayj who was there, and I hear celebs frequent the bar often since its located next door to the Mercer Hotel. Solid choice if you're down in Soho.

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Great Staff

Cons: Pricey, but you get what you pay for

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Went here to meet up with friends - waited 20 minutes outside to enter a half-empty bar. Bouncer continuously made fun of patrons as we waited outside. Once inside joined friends at their table - waitress demanded a credit card, but said we could still order drinks at the bar. After we finished our drinks and were set to order our next round from the waitress, we were kicked out of our table. We explained we were about to order drinks and were told it was too late. After being so rudely removed from our table, we then were pushed around as the rude staff and bar backs pushed through the crowd to get around. Only good thing was the music. Would never go back again - complete waste of time and money

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★☆☆☆☆

Went here to meet up with friends - waited 20 minutes outside to enter a half-empty bar. Bouncer continuously made fun of patrons as we waited outside. Once inside joined friends at their table - waitress demanded a credit card, but said we could still order drinks at the bar. After we finished our drinks and were set to order our next round from the waitress, we were kicked out of our table. We explained we were about to order drinks and were told it was too late. After being so rudely removed from our table, we then were pushed around as the rude staff and bar backs pushed through the crowd to get around. Only good thing was the music. Would never go back again - complete waste of time and money

Pros: music

Cons: rude service

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Went here for the first time last night and LOVED it! It's a great laid back bar w/ great music, a ski lodge like atmosphere, affordable drinks and comfortable cushions... Crowded but not to fullto the brim:) great happy hour bar or a "transition" bar before ending the night somewhere else.

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★★★★★

Went here for the first time last night and LOVED it! It's a great laid back bar w/ great music, a ski lodge like atmosphere, affordable drinks and comfortable cushions... Crowded but not to fullto the brim:) great happy hour bar or a "transition" bar before ending the night somewhere else.

Pros: atmosphere, price, music

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Never met ruder staff. Waitress kept telling everyone to sit down! Threatened to call the bouncer if we continued to stand up in the "seated section". Come on - this is not Yankee stadium. Given the Manhattan competition, this place should be avoided. Go somewhere better with friendlier service.

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★★★☆☆

Never met ruder staff. Waitress kept telling everyone to sit down! Threatened to call the bouncer if we continued to stand up in the "seated section". Come on - this is not Yankee stadium. Given the Manhattan competition, this place should be avoided. Go somewhere better with friendlier service.

Cons: Rude staff

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Great place! I love the location, and loved the space they have. The staff was a little absent-minded, but very friendly. From what i hear, it gets extremely crowded on the weekends. I went on a weekday night, and loved it.

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★★★★★

Great place! I love the location, and loved the space they have. The staff was a little absent-minded, but very friendly. From what i hear, it gets extremely crowded on the weekends. I went on a weekday night, and loved it.

Pros: people watching, location

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The martinis can seriously fit any mood -- bitter, sour, sweet, giddy. I've been here a dozen times and every waitress has been sweet and attentive. And this bar actually serves bar snacks, (private portions of pretzels and salty almonds -- so good!), which helps slow the happy-hour buzz!

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★★★★★

The martinis can seriously fit any mood -- bitter, sour, sweet, giddy. I've been here a dozen times and every waitress has been sweet and attentive. And this bar actually serves bar snacks, (private portions of pretzels and salty almonds -- so good!), which helps slow the happy-hour buzz!

Pros: drinks, service, ambience

Cons: $15+ martini

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While the bar itself was quite nice, they have fewer rules at boot camp. It seems that the hostess and owner spend the entire night shaking their fingers at people trying to do pretty normal things. A real buzz kill.....

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★★★☆☆

While the bar itself was quite nice, they have fewer rules at boot camp. It seems that the hostess and owner spend the entire night shaking their fingers at people trying to do pretty normal things. A real buzz kill.....

Pros: Atmosphere, Location

Cons: , Management

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The only 2 I gave was for the bar design. I waiting in line with bouncers whose catch phrase is 'TO THE MAX!!!", got inside and it was empty. Another pointless rope. Get a clue retards. The inside was dark as hell and must be a heaven for those pears and squashes that seemed to be in there, but you wouldn't know until the morning. KYS brother.

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★☆☆☆☆

The only 2 I gave was for the bar design. I waiting in line with bouncers whose catch phrase is 'TO THE MAX!!!", got inside and it was empty. Another pointless rope. Get a clue retards. The inside was dark as hell and must be a heaven for those pears and squashes that seemed to be in there, but you wouldn't know until the morning. KYS brother.

Cons: TO THE MAX!!! Bouncer

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the mercbar is alot of things... friendly afternoon bar, romantic evening spot, and busy mingling scene later in the evening and esp on weekends. the bar is BEAUTIFUL!!! this bar is a mainstay and a fixture for a reason!!! its one of the most successful bars in the city for a reason!!! its inviting, comfortable, upscale yet friendly, sexy, warm, and cool!!!

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★★★★★

the mercbar is alot of things... friendly afternoon bar, romantic evening spot, and busy mingling scene later in the evening and esp on weekends. the bar is BEAUTIFUL!!! this bar is a mainstay and a fixture for a reason!!! its one of the most successful bars in the city for a reason!!! its inviting, comfortable, upscale yet friendly, sexy, warm, and cool!!!

Pros: romantic, friendly, upscale yet friendly

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Went Saturday night for the first time and it was pretty good.
Good lighting, a super cute waitress and a good number of girls.

I did notice a large number of couples there, so it's not like this is a pickup joint. I didn't see a menu or pay for drinks, but it seems like a good spot to hit for a drink or two before going out.

Also, the crowd looked a bit older, like maybe late 20s or early 30s. They didn't appear the rowdy type.

The music wasn't bad but there was just no room to dance.

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★★★☆☆

Went Saturday night for the first time and it was pretty good.
Good lighting, a super cute waitress and a good number of girls.

I did notice a large number of couples there, so it's not like this is a pickup joint. I didn't see a menu or pay for drinks, but it seems like a good spot to hit for a drink or two before going out.

Also, the crowd looked a bit older, like maybe late 20s or early 30s. They didn't appear the rowdy type.

The music wasn't bad but there was just no room to dance.

Pros: good lighting, good door guys

Cons: tiny, lots of couples

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The crowd is pretty tired and so is the music. But the drinks aren't bad. Not awful, but pretty casual.

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★★★☆☆

The crowd is pretty tired and so is the music. But the drinks aren't bad. Not awful, but pretty casual.

Pros: Good Drinks

Cons: Crowd, Bad Music

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Don't set foot in this place if you're feeling fat, have broken out or forgot to change out of your gym clothes. The people here reek of poshness and aren't afraid to let you get a whiff (and that includes the wait staff). But if you ARE all dressed up and looking for a place to go, start here for some really great lighting and ambience to get you in the mood.

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★★★★☆

Don't set foot in this place if you're feeling fat, have broken out or forgot to change out of your gym clothes. The people here reek of poshness and aren't afraid to let you get a whiff (and that includes the wait staff). But if you ARE all dressed up and looking for a place to go, start here for some really great lighting and ambience to get you in the mood.

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It's an escape to Aspen without leaving the city at this Soho mainstay, which combines the comfort of a rustic ski lodge with downtown style and luxury. Large photographs of Niagara Falls hang behind the bar; dark,…

 

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