Where the Bloody Mary was born

It was during NYC's gilded age that aristocracy rose to prominence. And so did the now infamous drink the Bloody Mary!  

 The St. Regis built in 1904.

The St. Regis built in 1904.

It is in this fine hotel within the Nat King Cole bar that is was the invented. Today, about a dozen varieties of the drink adorn the menu. Created in 1934 by bar Keep Fernand Petiot, the name was deemed too racy so it was changed to the " Red Snapper".  

 The selection of Red Snappers

The selection of Red Snappers

The hotel itself is a marvel and a delight to tour. From original Shitter mailboxes to gild everywhere, it's an architectural gem. John Jacob Astor was the genius of the style and designs. 

 Landmark status

Landmark status

One of the finest letter boxes. 

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The check in area....

 Yes quite like a bank!  

Yes quite like a bank!  

À view to the room.. 

 marble everywhere  

marble everywhere  

I highly recommend a pop in and a drink. It's a delight and the glamour is contagious. The St Regis ushered in a new era of luxury and style.  

 

 

 The Old King Cole bar.  

The Old King Cole bar.  

55th and 5th Avenue. New York .