Temple Bar

★★★★☆
  • 332 Lafayette St

    New York, NY 10012

    Cross street: Just north of Houston St., on the west side of the street, East Village & NoHo

    Map & Directions
  • 212-925-4242

About Temple Bar

Hours
Mon-Thu, 5pm-1am; Fri-Sat, 5pm-2am; Sun, closed

Food

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I've been an on and off regular since 1999, but the last 2 Mondays I've been there it's been the same. And waiting 10mins for a dry Martini when the lounge is empty... it's ridiculous! But my date realized what was going on, a blonde girl behind the bar talking and following the bartender as a shadow, from the time we arrive: 9pm, until we left : last call.
I just wanted to tell her to let the guy make my drink! I asked who she was and I was told she's the manager! After being charged $15.5 for each Martini I would expect a better management...

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been an on and off regular since 1999, but the last 2 Mondays I've been there it's been the same. And waiting 10mins for a dry Martini when the lounge is empty... it's ridiculous! But my date realized what was going on, a blonde girl behind the bar talking and following the bartender as a shadow, from the time we arrive: 9pm, until we left : last call.
I just wanted to tell her to let the guy make my drink! I asked who she was and I was told she's the manager! After being charged $15.5 for each Martini I would expect a better management...

Pros: Perfect for a date

Cons: Be ready to wait 10min or more for a martini

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For the prices, much better choices around.

Staff is slow/non-attentive considering a smaller bar. Also quick to snap (especially rude, considering I was with a young work crowd spending over $1K).

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★☆☆☆☆

For the prices, much better choices around.

Staff is slow/non-attentive considering a smaller bar. Also quick to snap (especially rude, considering I was with a young work crowd spending over $1K).

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332 Lafayette St (Cross Street: Bleecker Street)
New York, NY 10012View Map
(212) 925-4242
Directions: 6 at Bleecker St; B, D, F, V at Broadway-Lafayette
Editorial Review
A shrine to sophistication and drinking like a grown-up.

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★★★☆☆

332 Lafayette St (Cross Street: Bleecker Street)
New York, NY 10012View Map
(212) 925-4242
Directions: 6 at Bleecker St; B, D, F, V at Broadway-Lafayette
Editorial Review
A shrine to sophistication and drinking like a grown-up.

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The pretentiousess was sufforcating!
I went with a couple of friends and was floored by the stuck up and rather robotic attitude. This is definitely not a place for having fun. The staff seemed almost uncomfortable and was overattentive and pretty clueless.

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★★☆☆☆

The pretentiousess was sufforcating!
I went with a couple of friends and was floored by the stuck up and rather robotic attitude. This is definitely not a place for having fun. The staff seemed almost uncomfortable and was overattentive and pretty clueless.

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Temple Bar is a georgeous, sophisticated cocktail lounge with a romantic ambiance. Drinks are excellent, but service is rather mediocre. Beware of gratuity charges!

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★☆☆☆☆

Temple Bar is a georgeous, sophisticated cocktail lounge with a romantic ambiance. Drinks are excellent, but service is rather mediocre. Beware of gratuity charges!

Pros: romantic, free popcorn, decent drinks

Cons: unwelcoming, expensive, uptight

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This is the original and still the best lounge downtown. Relaxed velvet seating and an excellent staff, as well as attractive clientele, make this a great choice.

4
★★★★☆

This is the original and still the best lounge downtown. Relaxed velvet seating and an excellent staff, as well as attractive clientele, make this a great choice.

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Temple is a great spot for intimate conversation and perfect drinks. End your night out here once you've reached your b&t quota and/or you want to have actual conversation with someone. The drinks are excellent, the appetizers passable. While the servers are attentive and undeniably attractive in their little black dresses, they occasionally struggle with the complexities of handling your order.

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★★★★★

Temple is a great spot for intimate conversation and perfect drinks. End your night out here once you've reached your b&t quota and/or you want to have actual conversation with someone. The drinks are excellent, the appetizers passable. While the servers are attentive and undeniably attractive in their little black dresses, they occasionally struggle with the complexities of handling your order.

Pros: cocktails, quiet, atmosphere

Cons: $14 cocktails

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My friends and I walked in and it was packed with people but it was so quiet in there. everybody was dead serious and just stood there drinking...when my friends and I cracked jokes amongst ourselves, we were shushed by the waitress and told to keep it down... what kind of bar doesn't allow you to have a good time? this place was too uptight and serious... I would never recommend this place unless it was someone i hated.

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★☆☆☆☆

My friends and I walked in and it was packed with people but it was so quiet in there. everybody was dead serious and just stood there drinking...when my friends and I cracked jokes amongst ourselves, we were shushed by the waitress and told to keep it down... what kind of bar doesn't allow you to have a good time? this place was too uptight and serious... I would never recommend this place unless it was someone i hated.

Cons: , serious atmosphere, rude waiters/waitress

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Temple Bar has become one of my favorites places to enjoy a cocktail. If you're a martini fan, this is the place to go. Quiet, relaxed atmoshpere provides the perfect date environment. Staff is always been helpful, patiently explaining the subtle differences between their abundant selection of vodkas.

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★★★★★

Temple Bar has become one of my favorites places to enjoy a cocktail. If you're a martini fan, this is the place to go. Quiet, relaxed atmoshpere provides the perfect date environment. Staff is always been helpful, patiently explaining the subtle differences between their abundant selection of vodkas.

Pros: Amazing Martinis, Atmosphere, Service

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This bar is quietly tucked away from the busy bar scene. They have an excellent selection of martini's and the staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. The dinig area is cozy, private, and perfect for a date night!

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★★★★★

This bar is quietly tucked away from the busy bar scene. They have an excellent selection of martini's and the staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. The dinig area is cozy, private, and perfect for a date night!

Pros: Intimate, Great Vodka selection

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Sophisticated and tasteful. Atmosphere is dark and pleasant, service is wonderful, food was decent (just ate a few things at the bar -- the popcorn in bowls is great but watch the salt!), and they made the most incredible Bloody Mary - ever.

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★★★★★

Sophisticated and tasteful. Atmosphere is dark and pleasant, service is wonderful, food was decent (just ate a few things at the bar -- the popcorn in bowls is great but watch the salt!), and they made the most incredible Bloody Mary - ever.

Pros: Drinks, Quiet, Romantic

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The atmosphere, lighting, drinks, food, and staff all create the perfect spot for any date. Open even on Sundays, Temple Bar has enough ambience and class to enhance any type of evening: whether it's a night on the town with friends or a blind date. I ordered one of their apple martinis, and devoured it since it was made just right--and I don't normally drink martinis! However, my date ordered their signature "Sidecar" drink and, after tasting it, it was just too strong! He could not even finish it. This place is a must, and I certainly plan to return.

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★★★★☆

The atmosphere, lighting, drinks, food, and staff all create the perfect spot for any date. Open even on Sundays, Temple Bar has enough ambience and class to enhance any type of evening: whether it's a night on the town with friends or a blind date. I ordered one of their apple martinis, and devoured it since it was made just right--and I don't normally drink martinis! However, my date ordered their signature "Sidecar" drink and, after tasting it, it was just too strong! He could not even finish it. This place is a must, and I certainly plan to return.

Pros: Ambience, Drinks, Romance

Cons: Price

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As for prices you don't come to joint like this to save money. And as for not fitting in with the neighborhood, well... that's one of the things that makes this place so special. It's an unexpected treat in its location. But, if your looking for a very special place to have a rendezvouz with that special someone it can't be beat. It should really be called the assignation bar. The majority of men here are probably with their girlfriends. Or... you can simply go for a great little room and a perfect Martini.

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★★★★★

As for prices you don't come to joint like this to save money. And as for not fitting in with the neighborhood, well... that's one of the things that makes this place so special. It's an unexpected treat in its location. But, if your looking for a very special place to have a rendezvouz with that special someone it can't be beat. It should really be called the assignation bar. The majority of men here are probably with their girlfriends. Or... you can simply go for a great little room and a perfect Martini.

Pros: romantic, quiet, unique

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If you like strong, large vodka cocktails, then Temple Bar is for you. Be sure to bring your wallet. The service is prompt. Had an experience with a very impatient waitress once. But it won't ruin my view of my overall appreciation for this bar. Definitely on the romantic side.

2
★★★★☆

If you like strong, large vodka cocktails, then Temple Bar is for you. Be sure to bring your wallet. The service is prompt. Had an experience with a very impatient waitress once. But it won't ruin my view of my overall appreciation for this bar. Definitely on the romantic side.

Pros: hidden, large drinks, dark

Cons: expensive

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Take someone here and they'll know you're looking for more than just pleasant conversation and friendship.

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★★★★★

Take someone here and they'll know you're looking for more than just pleasant conversation and friendship.

Pros: romantic, squid, drinks

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Cosmopolitans, popcorn, and squid. A winning combination for a evening of romance in the hushed and darkened confines of the Temple Bar. The velvet drapes and black-suited bar staff set the ambiance, but its that salt n pepper calamari that really gets my vote. Coupled with the seemingly never-ending supply of salty popcorn, it can make for a thirsty evening but the winning martinis and (occasionally excessively limey) cosmos easily overcome that problem.

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★★★★☆

Cosmopolitans, popcorn, and squid. A winning combination for a evening of romance in the hushed and darkened confines of the Temple Bar. The velvet drapes and black-suited bar staff set the ambiance, but its that salt n pepper calamari that really gets my vote. Coupled with the seemingly never-ending supply of salty popcorn, it can make for a thirsty evening but the winning martinis and (occasionally excessively limey) cosmos easily overcome that problem.

Pros: Calamari, The ambiance, Popcorn

Cons: Not cheap

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Had drinks here after dinner. The place is dark and sexy with a lounge vibe. Drinks are rather steep ($14 for a scotch, $11 for a martini). Overall a nice place to relax and snuggle close with your lover.

2
★★★★☆

Had drinks here after dinner. The place is dark and sexy with a lounge vibe. Drinks are rather steep ($14 for a scotch, $11 for a martini). Overall a nice place to relax and snuggle close with your lover.

Pros: romantic, sexy

Cons: pricey

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THE DRINKS ARE OK BUT THE WAITRESSES HAVE ATTITUDE AND IT'S TOTALLY OVERPRICED FOR THE AREA. I'D RATHER GO TO A POSH HOTEL BAR WITH A VIEW THAN SIT IN DARKNESS ACTING IMPORTANT, EATING REALLY STALE/DRY POPCORN AND SPENDING A FORTUNE ON A FEW ROUNDS OF DRINKS!

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★★☆☆☆

THE DRINKS ARE OK BUT THE WAITRESSES HAVE ATTITUDE AND IT'S TOTALLY OVERPRICED FOR THE AREA. I'D RATHER GO TO A POSH HOTEL BAR WITH A VIEW THAN SIT IN DARKNESS ACTING IMPORTANT, EATING REALLY STALE/DRY POPCORN AND SPENDING A FORTUNE ON A FEW ROUNDS OF DRINKS!

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great place. nice staff, fabulous finger food. love it there always.

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★★★★★

great place. nice staff, fabulous finger food. love it there always.

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I went there with my boyfriend and did not think much of it. The bottle of wine we ordered was not impressive, even though we paid a decent amount for it. The waitress was nice. She kept a close eye on us all night, filling up our glasses when they were empty. The music was also really nice; not too loud, but loud enough to support the atmosphere. Overall, it was okay.

1
★★★☆☆

I went there with my boyfriend and did not think much of it. The bottle of wine we ordered was not impressive, even though we paid a decent amount for it. The waitress was nice. She kept a close eye on us all night, filling up our glasses when they were empty. The music was also really nice; not too loud, but loud enough to support the atmosphere. Overall, it was okay.

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impeccable drinks and sexy atmosphere leave you infatuated with your date. perfect for a seducion.

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★★★★★

impeccable drinks and sexy atmosphere leave you infatuated with your date. perfect for a seducion.

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This is a great little place for a drink, but easy to miss. It could be a hole-in-the-wall saloon, if it weren't dressed up so nice. The cocktails are great, and the bartenders very nice. A good place to meet friends, or just sit and have a relaxing drink. I only wish it were bigger.

2
★★★★★

This is a great little place for a drink, but easy to miss. It could be a hole-in-the-wall saloon, if it weren't dressed up so nice. The cocktails are great, and the bartenders very nice. A good place to meet friends, or just sit and have a relaxing drink. I only wish it were bigger.

Pros: Classy

Cons: Small

Editorial from

Named for Dublin's restored nightlife district, this NoHo bar would be, ironically enough, too sleek and hip to be a part of the neighborhood back in the Irish capital. This quasi-sophisticated drink den is frequented by a sharply dressed…

 

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