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22

years

in Business

Hours:

Regular Hours

Sun-Thu, 2pm-4am; Fri-Sat, noon-4am

Payment method:
all major credit cards
Neighborhoods:
West Village, Downtown Manhattan
Amenities:
No
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Hudson Cigar & Books

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Bars, American Restaurants, Cocktail Lounges, Night Clubs, Taverns, Restaurants

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05/02/2009
Extremely rude and obnoxious service

My friends and I had decided to go to the Hudson Bar and Books last night (Saturday, May 2, 2009) for some good drinks and great company. Well, the drinks were fine and the company was great but the service was horrible. In particular, the rude head waitress who told my friends and I that we weren't permitted to stand near the bar and when we attempted to sit down in an area that was cleary available for patrons, s... view more

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10/08/2007
Excellent cocktails, decent cigar list, good service, expensive.

I put off trying this place because of the negative reviews about the service (note those reviews are all pretty old, from '02). Finally went last night and found out what I was missing. It is very expensive, but the cocktails are excellent, the cigar list is decent (although they were out of both the Padron 3k and 6k), and the service was good. It was impossible to find a seat at the bar on a Monday right after w... view more

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10/07/2007
Excellent

The warm, masculine environment and top-notch cocktails make this my go-to bar. Benjamin is among the best in the city, and his meticulous mixing is reason enough to stop here. Not to mention that one can actually somke inside.

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11/28/2006
Great atmosphere, service, environment...

I completely agree with this person and always refer my friends to this place...""The place is beautiful and laid-back, the service prompt and accurate, good tunes rocking through the place, and other bar patrons didn't seem at all pretentious or self-important. I specifically made a mental note that I'd be coming back, ...I think this place rocks and should definitely be tried at least once before anyone gives any c... view more

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11/12/2006
Avoid the asian hostess/waitress

The place is smaller than I expected it to be. Good if you want it to be intimate, bad if you have a few bags with you and care about space restrictions.\r If you go, find seats either at the bar or in the back couch area.\r My girlfriend and I went last weekend. I'm a scotch and cigar man and my girlfriend is getting the taste for them as well. \r Once inside a runner in the bar sat us at a small table parallel t... view more

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06/05/2005
User review by amirchandani

Meticulousy hand crafted cocktails. Fine Cigars. One of the only places in New York to legally light up a cigar and enjoy a fine cognac, whisky, port. Remember - they have an uptown location (a bit more formal) - also a Cigar Bar - Lexington Bar And Books. Elegant atmosphere, great service. Just opened a location in Prague, Czech Rep. and are doing one in Bucharest.

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04/29/2003
Don't Buy These Lies

Wow, I'm not sure why so many people are spitting vitriol about this place. Granted, I've only been there once and it was right after work. The place is beautiful and laid back, the service prompt and accurate, good tunes rocking through the place, and other bar patrons didn't seem at all pretentious or self-important. I specifically made a mental note that I'd be coming back, and that's just what I'm planning ton... view more

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01/29/2003
Try it for a change of pace.

It's not as snooty as people make it out to be. Go on a weekday for a quiet beer, the bartender is really nice and there is a mellow feeling, no hype, no pressure. I believe that some people immediately go to some palces with attitude prepared and then they have no fun!

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12/15/2002
Rude

I went to the Hudson bar with my boyfriend and the guy at the front door was extremely rude. I was told there some real snobs in there, but he was the only one I encountered. It's too bad ""the help"" has such a bad attitude. I will definitely not return just on account of his behavior.

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11/29/2002
GREAT for masochists

So they can mix a drink, big deal. I'd rather have a bunch of monkeys slinging bottles behind the bar than these creeps. The maitre d' really puckers up for the aging eurotrash then explodes violently on the staff. Oh, and how much ABBA and smooth jazz can you stand in an evening? Find out here. There are bars in the area with better atmosphere and less irritating music.

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