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Saturday, July 17th, 2010—Bar 188

Day 188—Friday, July 16th, 2010
The Oak Bar

First off the PayPal donation bell is ringing! Gidget, the coolest DJ in the world made a comment the other day that she was going to make her kids send in their ice cream money for the bar crawl and I thought she was kidding. But today I got a very generous PayPal donation of fifteen dollars  from Gidget’s three kids, Jack, Dyl, and Maia! Thank you so much kids and if it truly is your ice cream money I’m going to feel very guilty as I drink it! And thanks to Gidget for being so supportive of the site, she set up the facebook fan page and gives the site lots of free plugs on her ultra-cool show on Woody Radio. You really need to check it out here: Woody Radio. Gidget’s also got a great blog that she writes and you should check it out here: Gidgetbates's crap she spews. Okay, thanks again Jack, Dyl and Maia, now you kids have to stop reading this post because a lot of words you shouldn’t be reading are coming up.
Okay, unless you’ve been under a rock, you’ve heard/been bombarded by the press about the Mel Gibson rant tapes that were released. Just in case you haven’t heard them you can listen to the worst one here  Newspapers, magazines, blogs and comedians have been having a field day with Mel and the crazy-ass rants he let loose at the gold-digging woman he left his wife for. So what does this have to do with me crawling to 365 bars? Well, The Oak Bar in the legendary Oak Room at the Plaza Hotel announced this week that they were now serving a drink called the Mel Gibson. The drink is made up of Van Gogh Vodka (Van Gogh was bipolar), gin, vermouth, club soda, and onion juice. Anyway, it’s kind of a cheap ploy to get press and it worked. It got written up all over the place. So since Fridays are usually rough because of the crowds, I thought this might be a good place to go. With the high prices in this place mixed with our current economic situation, I doubt it’s going to be packed. So come on, Sugar Tits, let’s hit the fucking road.

Unbelievably I looked in the window at the Oak Bar and it was packed. Not everyone is feeling the economic crunch I guess. So I decided to come here and have a couple beers and let the crowd at the Oak Bar die down a little.

And here's beer number one.

And beer number two, okay, let's go see if it's a little less crowded at the Oak Bar.

Here it is, The Plaza Hotel in all its over-priced glory.

And here's the Oak Room. The Oak Bar is set off to the side of this place.

The wall outside of the bar features photos of famous people at the Plaza. Here's the Beatles in the lobby with someone I don't know the name of.

Here's Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow. This picture was an early inspiration for Lady Gaga.

Okay, it's after midnight and the bar has settled down somewhat, there's even a seat which I will take.

I ordered the Mel Gibson and here is the bartender mixing it up.

And the Mel Gibson is served.

And the drink is awful and brings out the inner Mel in me. I deserve to be blown godammit!

Here's a close up of the drink. It really tastes like shit and costs over twenty bucks.

There's a painting behind the bar painted by artist, Everett Shinn.

And here's another on a side wall.

Bar snacks!

This bartender has the electric eyes going on. Scary stuff, kids! Owooo!

There's lots of table outside of the bar to drink overpriced drinks at.

And couches are placed along the sidewalls as people throw money to the wind on 20 dollar cocktails.

This jazz trio was playing in the back of the room.

She was singing, "Bye Bye Blackbird," and I took it as a queue to hit the road, no more 20 dollar Mel Gibson's for me. Goodnight everybody!

The Oak Bar is adjacent to the legendary Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel overlooking Central Park. The original Oak Bar was restored last fall and the bar features artist’s Everett Shinn’s original murals of winter happenings in Central Park. The bartenders are old school and friendly and the crowd is a mix of businessmen doing deals and tourists gawking about. Nobody seems to mind the fact that cocktails range in the 20 dollar area. Except for me.

The cocktails here are all classic style drinks, martini’s, sidecars and now a Mel Gibson and they cost plenty. The view is great here, but you can go to the deli around the block, get a beer to go and see the same thing while standing on the sidewalk and drinking a 16 ounce can of Budweiser for a buck fifty. I recommend that, who wants to pay 20 bucks for a drink? Give me the Mars Bar any day of the week.

The Oak Bar
768 5th Ave. (between 58th St & 59th St)

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Reader Comments (23)

Damn I need to get a 4th kid to cover that drink...5 bucks a kid wasn't cutting it.
I think the Mel stuff is hilarious.. What kinda dumbfuck doesnt know his wife has fake tits? He must be the worst lay ever. I am soo over all my Mad Max fantasies I had for him umm when i was young...
I like the bar even if it is over priced and not my kind of thing.. but I think Kari is gonna get a hard on for all the wood! This place is all about wood...

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

Your Mel face is great. The price for the drink is ridiculous, but I went there also and payed eleven dollars for a bottle of bud ten years ago. Just to say that I drank in the Oak Bar. You are correct, go to the deli around the corner, get a buzz going on buck fifty buds and walk into the OB and inhale richness.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

At over $20 a drink the bartender should have blown you.
The place got written up all over...
"Batshit delusional" for the prices indeed but
did any reviews say the drink tasted like shit?
Sorry you had to go over the "donation cap" to find out.
Let's roll out the new color merch and maybe we can get the register ringing!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenter"Boris"

At 20 bucks a drink, and since it's made with Mel Gibson in mind, they should mix in a shot of some state of the art anti-psychotic meds to give it some flavor, don't you think? Old Mel didn't just kill his career, he put on a leather mask and took a chain saw to it. If somebody ever publishes a book detailing the greatest human and career train wrecks of the 21st century a few decades from now, Mel Gibson has got to figure in. Jesus H Christ in a sidecar!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

What a blow hole. And why would they purposely make a drink that tastes like shit? That wood paneling does make my heart flutter a little. But I don't think I would feel comfortable in there. It would be a Pretty Woman moment. Glad there are a lot more down to earth places for you to hang out at.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

I live in an old Craftsman.. there is fucking wood everywhere.. and i can make a drink that tastes like shit for a whole lot cheaper:)

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGidget

I like the green stools and the paintings, but The Oak Bar is too pricey for my shallow pockets. To that end, thanks for pointing out the deli down the street. I'd rather drink out of a paper bag on the streetcorner anyway. In fact, that's MY specialty drink. And I call it The Giuliani.

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Goddamn, twenty bucks for a Mel Gibson? You deserve to be blown after that! Glad you had the foresight to drink the other drinks at the deli. You're a wise bar-crawler and thanks for taking one for the team. To Marty!

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

pretty sure Gibson is originally a Kiwi....well if he isnt he is NOW!...i know 'Rusty' Crowe is originally a Kiwi...Mel should take a leaf outa Rusty's book & just start throwing the phones instead of "ranting" into them...

July 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@fitzi: Exactly! Good call, mate!

July 17, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

One of my favorite movies, Scent of a Woman, with Al Pacino, had scenes filmed at the Oak Room ...

July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGENE



July 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterraginrr

Loved this blog entry!! And definitely loved your Mel face! Wow..$20 for a drink...yikes!

Keep bloggin..aka drinking! :)


July 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSleeplessInNewyork

For 20 bucks I can buy 15 toilet paper rolls and wipe my ass for 1 year !!!! hahaha
but seriously I love that kind of place and I explain why : With my friends, friday is the "bar-restaurant night", after a week of work (especially when you're a lazy french, ok!) then sometimes we go to that kind of place, dresse up like prince & princess... but, we eat like pigs, with our hands, we burps and say aloud creepy things (but with a serious air), like: "oh I got news from my sister in paris, she's still a whore in Pigale, that job pay well, 40 bucks to suck a dick!!!"
Oh well, I know!!! I love to much to bother people !!! :) But it's so fun to do !!!!! People hate me and I love that !! MOUHAHAHAHHAHAHAHA :D

Who do I have to let blow me, to get a drink named after ME?

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMel Gibson's Penis

The Woman with The Beatles is Dr. Joyce Brothers (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joyce_Brothers) enjoying a campy moment during an 1964 press conference at the Plaza. Ringo is measuring her heartbeat.
20usd for a drink, one time in life! Here 20usd pay for 8 bottles of 600 ml of good beer.
At well Bar Crawl is an experience of several places, tastes and pockets, but I'm sure that one is not for me, ever.

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLuc Ramone

@Luc Ramone: Nice call on the Beatles picture! I forgot all about Dr. Joyce Brothers, good research!

July 19, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Cool decor and expensive drinks...what else do you need?

July 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

good luck Marty!!
thanks for the good vibes!

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

@John: Thanks! I hope to cross paths with you again on the bar crawl.

July 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Wow...and I thought Gene had the most expensive drink we ever had in NY $16 for Chambord & Baileys...you have him topped Marty

July 20, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmoopy

@Smoopy: At least Gene's drink sounds drinkable, the Mel Gibson tastes like shit!

July 20, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

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