A review of Gibson & Luce in Manhattan’s Midtown South

Located at 19 West 31st Street, Gibson & Luce is a speakeasy-style bar in the basement level of the Life Hotel.  According to some, this space was a true speakeasy back in the Prohibition era.  Now, it’s an early 21st century era NYC “speakeasy”.  Patrons can enter directly from the street by climbing down a few stairs to the somewhat unmarked door (see photo below) or through the hotel lobby and take the elevator down one level.  The bar seats around 10 patrons and other table seating is good for parties of 2 to 6.  We figure this space can get crowded fairly quickly, so it’s probably a good idea to arrive early.

Gibson and Luce 1








Gibson and Luce 2

A review of Bar Gonzo in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen

Located at 515 Ninth Avenue at the southern edge of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen, Bar Gonzo is a bi-level spot connected to Cassa Times Square Hotel (a smidge too far west and south to be a “Times Square” hotel, we think).  The ground level has a small bar and seating area.  The second floor bar area looks west and is significantly larger.  It’s an enclosed spot that (we expect) will have open windows once the weather warms up.  There’s a Hunter S. Thompson theme going on here.  Stop in here on your next Ninth Avenue NYC bar crawl.

Bar Gonzo