Prohibition

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Prohibition Given its sidewalk Café tables with mod green chairs and candlelit paper bags, Prohibition may look like a classic Upper West Side restaurant from the outside, but the muffled sounds of live rock music emanating from within... New York United States 40.7852966 -73.9728469
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Prohibition - Bar | Live Music Venue | Restaurant in New York.
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Party Earth Review Given its sidewalk café tables with mod green chairs and candlelit paper bags, Prohibition may look like a classic Upper West Side restaurant from the outside, but the muffled sounds of live rock music emanating from within... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    A, B, C, D: 86th Street-Central Park West; 1, 2, 3: 86th Street-Broadway

  • Phone:

    212-579-3100

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 5pm–2am, Sa–Su 5pm–3am or later

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Prohibition Review

The Scene

Given its sidewalk Café tables with mod green chairs and candlelit paper bags, Prohibition may look like a classic Upper West Side restaurant from the outside, but the muffled sounds of live rock music emanating from within...

Given its sidewalk café tables with mod green chairs and candlelit paper bags, Prohibition may look like a classic Upper West Side restaurant from the outside, but the muffled sounds of live rock music emanating from within tell a different story.

A swanky spot seductively lit by wine bottle lighting, the upscale venue hosts live bands seven nights a week and attracts a clientele of young professionals and neighborhood regulars who gather at the checkered bar or congregate with friends on the lime green leather banquettes to chat until the music starts.

Early evenings find young urbanites dining on a menu of New American cuisine and sipping classic cocktails, like Black Cherry Cuba Libres and Guatemalan Sidecars, in one of two cozy seating areas on either side of the stage, which itself is flanked by floor-to-ceiling murals that evoke the flagrant charm of the Jazz Age.

The cool after-work vibe definitely takes a turn toward rowdy once the band takes the stage, as the cocktail-influenced crowd gets on its feet to gyrate and sing along with everything from R&B and hip-hop to lively rock covers. A smaller back lounge offers a place for tipsy guests and nine-to-fivers to relax on red leather couches or shoot a game of pool on the funky red table.

Jail-like iron bars framing the scene can’t help but make visitors feel like they’re doing something delightfully naughty – and given the level of wildness at Prohibition on the weekends, some of them probably are.

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Tip from Emma:

It’s not unusual for the crowd to break out in song on the weekends. Everyone is sufficiently toasty so be prepared to sing along to Bon Jovi covers all night.

  • Crowd

    Preppy young professionals and ex-fraternity and sorority types, mid-20s to early 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Live music nightly ranging from singer/songwriters to rock and roll cover bands. R&B on Friday nights, rock on Saturdays. Music usually starts around 10pm. Check schedule online for details. Pool table.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Upscale bar food and entrées including mini burgers, steak nachos, grilled salmon, and mushroom ravioli. Kitchen closes at midnight. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $8–$13, entrées $13–$20. Beer $6–$7, wine $9–$12, cocktails $10–$13.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual to smart casual: button-downs, jeans and heels, office attire. No baseball caps.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Friday nights for R&B or Saturdays for old-school rowdy rock.

Prohibition User Reviews

Average rating:
good bar scene, back room the best part
jacqueline E. Dec 13, 2012
I went to Prohibition for a friends going away party. We had the back room, which is nice because it is not too closed off from the rest of the bar, but still has a definite separation, it was prob the best part of the bar. It was really hot back there though. We made up most of the patrons in the bar even though it was a Friday night. This place is good for people looking for that bar/pub vibe but on little more upscale end, and not divey. It has a very nice dimly lit ambiance and it wasn't very rowdy but not overly calm either. It wasn't too crowded either. the drinks were average tasting and average price. Other than that, I can say this place is pretty unremarkable.
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