Party Earth Review Named for the 19th-century actress, model, and socialite Lillie Langtry, Lillie’s is an Irish-Victorian bar popular with business people, creative types, and weekend pub crawlers. Although rushed office types hurrying... ... read full review
13 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003
L, N, R, Q, 4, 5, 6: 14th Street-Union Square
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
Named for the 19th-century actress, model, and socialite Lillie Langtry, Lillie’s is an Irish-Victorian bar popular with business people, creative types, and weekend pub crawlers.
Although rushed office types hurrying to the back tables for a quick lunch and free Wi-Fi probably won’t notice the rotary phone, tinted glass, and vintage portrait that make up the little shrine to Langtry, the venue’s history isn’t lost on the writers, musicians, and cultured young professionals who pack the place after work to sip drinks at the beautifully restored Victorian carved-wood bar shipped all the way from Belfast.
Gold-topped columns, a marble fireplace, and authentic Victoriana sprinkled throughout the high-ceilinged salon create a demure but luxurious backdrop for the chatty groups and couples gathered on velvet Chesterfield banquettes, though the vibe is anything but reserved.
Once the after-work crowd winds down, the place is taken over by a younger college-aged clientele engaged in the kind of energetic discussion and subtle flirting that Lillie Langtry – famed mistress to Edward, Prince of Wales – would approve of.
Despite its antique décor and historic namesake, Lillie’s is anything but stodgy, as evidenced by the permanently upbeat vibe and capacity weekend crowds.
A mix of local young professionals, business people, actors, students, writers, and musicians, 20s to late 30s.
Ambient up-tempo music. Live Celtic band on Saturdays 4–7pm. Free Wi-Fi.
Bar menu featuring spinach artichoke dip and fried calamari, and full menu offering hearty Irish and British dishes like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and Irish stew, both available daily until 2am. Brunch menu served Sa–Su 11am–4pm.
Bar menu $7–$20, entrées $10–$18, brunch $8–$15. Beer $6–$12, wine $8–$12/glass or $30–$86/bottle, cocktails $12, champagne $10–$19/glass or $32–$118/bottle, whiskey $8–$35.
Jeans, button-downs, and after-work attire. Dressier on weekends.
Thursday and Friday nights for the best singles scene, Saturdays for a slightly younger college crowd and live Celtic music, and any weekday after work, though reservations are recommended.
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