356 W. 58th Street – Midtown West
Hotel Bar, Cocktail Bar
The Library Bar has a mellow vibe. This should not be confused with an actual bar to hang in. There is no table service, a tiny bar in the corner, and the cocktails are $18. It’s a good spot if you are waiting to meet with someone uptown, to kill some time between museum spots, Columbus Circle or Central Park. There is a chess table, a pool table and there are a large assortment of coffee table books to browse through if you have no company.
I love the cow photos. They make an otherwise stuffy space feel fun and hip. There is also a mirror above the fireplace that must be 20′ high, which is breathtaking. We’ve been there a few times over the years and I would go back again and again.
The Hudson Hotel describes the Hudson Library as follows:
‘Reminiscent of an old English club or drawing room, the Library is the perfect cozy hangout for relaxing by the enormous fireplace, chatting and drinking with friends, shooting billiards, playing a computer game, or reading a book from its extensive collection, including topics ranging from film, theater, fashion and art, to travel and politics. An artful blend of old and new, the Library features an antique billiards table, classic English leather sofas and wing chairs, and antique area rugs residing alongside cyber-desks fitted with state-of-the-art laptop computers.’