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August 29, 2005

Campbell Apartment: Prohibition in Grand Central Terminal

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Stashed into a corner of Grand Central Terminal, a Gatsby-worthy bar serves up sophistication and flair in old-fashioned cocktail glasses. In the 1920s, business tycoon John W. Campbell decided to mix business with pleasure. He purchased a corner room in Grand Central with gaping, 25-foot ceilings and transformed it to resemble a 13th Century Florentine Palace. During the daylight hours, Mr. Campbell built his empire in this stunning office space. After hours, fancy crowds poured in and liquor flowed freely.

Prohibition2.jpgCampbell Apartment today is just as spectacular as it was then. Painted ceilings, stunning windows and impeccable service evoke the glamour and sophistication of 1920s America. Classic cocktails reminisce these days past with names like "Flapper's Delight," "Robber Baron," and "Roaring Twenties." The signature cocktail, "Prohibition Punch" is pretty and pink, generous in a fancy brandy snifter. Watch out - Prohibition Punch is delicious but deadly.

Campbell_Apt_small2.jpgEarly on weeknights the apartment is jammed with commuters seeking a moment of respite before dashing to catch their trains. Friday and Saturday the commuters steer clear and local Manhattanites come to drink. Sundays from 6 to 9pm are Swing nights and feature a 13-piece swing orchestra. Dress code is strict and cocktails are pricey, but Campbell Apartment is a New York apartment you cannot afford to miss.

Campbell Apartment
Grand Central Terminal
15 Vanderbilt Ave
Between 42nd St. and Vanderbuilt Ave
212-953-0409

Posted by EMC at August 29, 2005 02:23 PM

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