Fantastic decor, terrible attitude
First of all the decor is completely reminiscent of old New York -- it feels like an antique lodge. We loved this! HOWEVER the attitude of the staff and the management leaves much to be desired. When we first arrived my wife and her friend went to the restroom -- as my friend and I waited for them to come out we were ID'd by the bartender. I showed my ID & my wife's (I was carrying it for her). My friend ordered a patron margarita with pineapple juice as a substitute for sour mix. the bartender turns around and says ""So basically you just want tequila and pineapple juice"". My friend says no, he wants what he asked for. (I should mention that all 4 of us are bartenders.) When the bartender chuckled (in a snotty, know-it-all kind of way) and repeated himself, I said ""No, he wants tequila, triple sec, lime juice and pineapple juice. A margarita with pineapple instead of sour."" At this point a man at the end of the bar (who I can only assume is the manager) points at us while in other people's company and loudly commands the bartender ""make sure you ID them"" while our ID's are still on the counter. This man had watched us come in, get ID'd, order drinks and then decided to be truly rude and announce that we need to be ID'd AGAIN. I'm 39, my friend is 34, my wife and her friend are 28. We were well-dressed for my wife's birthday and all of us had only had 2 glasses of wine at 5 points (fantastic by the way) for dinner. We finished our drinks and asked for our tab (4 drinks in total: 1 margarita, 1 beer, 1 shot, 1 vodka/cran) which came to $48 and I tipped $8. $2 per drink While we gathered our belongings the bartender slammed his hand on the bar and said, ""Yeah, thanks"" -- with an inflection reserved for bad tippers. I don't know what he is used to but among 4 bartenders w/about 35+ years of bar experience between us, we can all say that $2/drink is generous and appropriate. I am shocked & disappointed by the service and attityde at the Bowery Hotel.