Campbell Apartment, also known as The Campbell, is a bar located in Grand Central Terminal at 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, right off of 43rd Street in Midtown. It was formerly the private apartment of John W. Campbell, a well-known Jazz-Age financier, millionaire, and railroad executive. Beautifully restored, The Campbell has an authentic feeling of "Old New York" and is a great place to have a classic cocktail and take in the ambiance of the 1920s era after a long workday.
The Remodel and Bar Improvements
The bar was considered a highly secret location until its refurbished model in May 2017. Its hospitality organization, Gerber Group, wanted a more inclusive experience for commuters with the remodel. Now reservations for more than two people are available, rather than just large parties, and lighting improvements have been made. Despite the changes, the bar still holds its charm and is known as a sacred and historic spot. Still considered a hidden gem by commuters, travelers can now enjoy the delightful venue with the speakeasy ambiance and more seating space.
Explore The Campbell Bar
Visitors can enjoy the modern cocktails with fresh ingredients, wine and craft beer, and a menu with lunch options like soups and sandwiches. While the menu tends to lean toward the expensive side, the unique ambiance and delicious beverages make the spot worthwhile. Guests dropping by should note that baseball caps and shorts are not allowed at the bar, so they will be seated out on the terrace. Families should also keep in mind that guests must be 21 years of age or older, and children are not allowed.
Private events can be booked at The Campbell bar, terrace, and palm court. The bar is great for large groups (about 250 people) wanting a stunning visual experience with green quartzite and a hand-painted ceiling. Terrace lovers with a similar group size can enjoy the outside veranda that comes with its own full bar and outdoor weather. The palm court offers an indoor lounge for a small group of people (less than 65 people) with an array of surrounding palm trees inside the terminal.
Make The Campbell's Prohibition Punch at Home
Prohibition Punch is The Campbell's most popular cocktail. When it was made in the 1920s cocktails needed to use juice to mask the taste of alcohol. Audiences were used to drinking beer and wine, and this was the only way to tolerate it. It's not overly sweet, but it has a bit of sweetness from the various fruit juices used. This Champagne-topped drink is paired great with live jazz music to mask the bar's special Saturday nights.
After visiting The Campbell and trying the Prohibition Punch try to replicate it at home.
- 1-ounce Appleton Estate Rum V/X
- 1/2 ounce Grand Marnier
- 2 ounces passion fruit juice
- Splash of cranberry juice
- Splash of fresh lemon juice
- 1 ounce Moet et Chandon Champagne
- Combine the rum, Grand Marnier, and fruit juices with ice in a brandy snifter, and stir gently.
- Top with Champagne.