And now there's no dress code. How scandalous.
Commuters and tourists alike shared a collective tear last summer when Grand Central's storied The Campbell Apartment closed its doors for renovation, leaving travelers scrambling to find a cozy spot to down a stiff drink (or two) before their train departure. Luckily, the semi-secret bar, hidden in the upper level of the city's Metro-North train hub, is opening it doors again. But this time, it will be a lot easier to find. This Wednesday, May 17, the former office of millionaire financier John Campbell will expand into three different bars, complete with proper signage so you won't get lost in the stairwells of the station.
According to the New York Times, the original Campbell Apartment space, a city landmark, will keep its ornate decor. But, patrons can stop by Campbell Palm Court, the smaller bar area just outside the apartment, or the Campbell Terrace, an outdoor bar located in a former taxi stand.
While the decor harks back to an earlier era, the vibe is less formal these days: there's no dress code; the apartment area is now air-conditioned (sigh, yes); and you'll be able to make reservations for parties of two or more (previously, reservations were limited to large parties). But not everything is changing. The original wooden bar is still here and so is a familiar face behind it: Paris DuRante, the bartender who has a long history with the Campbell. He'll be mixing drinks this Wednesday.