Lexington Bar and Books is my favorite late night spot away from the noisy downtown and midtown areas! It’s one of those places perfect for when you want to go somewhere fancy, but at the same time relax and have great conversation. Ringing the doorbell is the only way you can enter and the inside is dimly lit with leather bound books lining the bookshelves. Bar and Books has a very James Bond-esque quality about it, hence the 007 movies silently playing in the background. They even play the Bond theme song upon birthday requests. Try one of the cocktails on the menu, which happens to be a replica of Ian Fleming’s original recipe for Bond’s signature drink, The Vesper.
The bar is very low key because of its location. Lexington Bar and Books is on the Upper East Side section of Manhattan where it’s more residential and has limited night life. Most of the patrons that enter live nearby and come in for a nightcap before heading home.
Yes, cigars are pricey but it takes me a couple hours to finish a cigar so I’m happy to light one up, kick back and have an adult conversation with other patrons at the bar. Plus, this is the only place I may ever witness men rushing over to light a woman’s cigar when it goes out. Like a 1950s noir film.
Dress to impress as Bar and Books has a very strict dress code at the door.