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Tuesday, Sept. 28th, 2010—Bar 261

Day 261—Monday, September 27th, 2010
Trinity Place

Okay, tonight’s bar is another suggestion from 365 commentator Al Rizo. Al suggested a bar called Trinity Place in the Financial District. I haven’t been to that part of New York for awhile and Al hasn’t steered us wrong yet, so it’s off to Trinity Place we go!

It's a little tough to find, because while the address is on Broadway, you actually enter on Cedar Street. But I finally found it.

And here we are, let's check it out.

And the first thing you see upon entering is the dazzling chandelier, which is preserved way back from the days when this space was a bank.

The mirror is another piece from days gone by. The owners tracked it down in Europe and had it shipped back to it's rightful hanging place in the lobby of the bar.

The bar is located in the bank's former vault and this three ton door stands outside.

A close-up of the vault's door. If it shuts and you get locked in, there's no worries, all the booze is on the other side of the door.

Here's the round, red velveted enterance to the bar in the former bank vault.

It's dark, candle-lit with red-lighting. Looks like Al picked another winner. A nice looking bar.

And a nice looking and friendly bartender. Sabrina poses with barback, Jorge.

Peace and beers and puppeteers.

I'm always a sucker for the lit-up bar bottles. Nice.

If you squint and look just right you'll see my reflection in the mirror.

Just some of the draft beers available at Trinity Place. They have a huge beer and ale selection here.

These three were seated next to me at the bar and told me they were regulars at the place. From left: Alex, Cristina and Christian.

A shot down the long, wooden candle-lit bar.

A view from the other end of the bar.

Sabrina starts to mix up Stoliobombs, which she learned about from bartender Alania who wasn't on duty that night.

She shakes...

She pours...

And we toast. From left: Myself, Sabrina and the friendly and hospitable manager of Trinity Place, Shannon.

And here's Vinny. Vinny's been a regular here since the place opened five years ago.

And Sabrina pours a shot for the three of us at the bar. Cheers!

And a parting shot of myself and Sabrina. Goodnight, everybody!

It makes good sense that Trinity Place is located in the heart of the Financial District, it’s a former bank vault dating back to the year 1904. The original 35 ton steel doors still hang at the entrance. Inside former money vault you’ll find a long, dark bar lit by candles and red lights overhead. The bartenders and staff are friendly and it’s a big after work place. Happy hour rules and you’ll find many regulars lining the bar to forget the rotten workday they just had. There’s tables up front and leather banquettes line the walls giving the bar an old-world charm. Two chandeliers and a large mirror from the original bank still hang in the bar and the dining room.

It’s a full bar and there’s a large amount of bottled and draft beer available.
There’s an impressive wine list and lots of varieties of scotch/malts and whiskies to choose from. Some of the signature cocktails at the bar include: Champagne Sangria, Ginger Margarita, a Mojito and a drink called Hendrix In Heaven. ‘Scuse me while...I go to the men’s room.

They have a lunch and dinner menu and some of the selections include: House Made Herb Gnocchi, House Cured Duck Confit with Summer Risotto, Ahi Tuna and Soba Noodle Salad and a Kobe Burger with your choice of cheese. There’s smaller plates available at the bar and some of the choices are: Kobe ‘Pigs in a Blanket’, Chicken Skewers, Mini Kobe Cheese Burgers and Mini Lobster BLT.

There’s a daily happy hour from 4pm to 6pm with different daily drink specials.
And if the market tanks you can get tanked for cheap. Any day the Stock Market closes in the red, all drinks are just three bucks from 3:30pm to 5pm.

Trinity Place
115 Broadway (entrance on Cedar St.)


Bonus Links

My friend Rick Halberg just started up a blog and you should go visit it. It's called Groovyrick's Blog and it's a stone groove. Here's the link: Groovyrick's Blog.

And Tim Clack sent in this beer related link that we should all read, thanks, Tim! Beer Crate Building.

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Reader Comments (22)

That vault door is too cool! Never seen any entrance like that to a bar. Nice choice from Al! And Sabrina is one hot bartender! Nice Monday night out!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Lobster and bacon?!?! Are you there, God? It's me, Biff. And I would like one of those sandwiches, please. Thanks a milliion!


P.S. Speaking of a million, I would also like to win the lottery. I'll be over here in the corner of Trinity Place, waiting with a champagne sangria. Thanks again.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBiff

Wouldn't it be lovely to get locked in over night with Sabrina at the Trinity!?
@ Tim Clack; Finally...a shrine where you can get down on your knees and thank God for the holy drink of beer! Long overdue.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJaws the Cabbie

@Barfly: Not only Sabrina,,,,also Shannon,,very hot ladies. You are right that the entrance thru a vault is really unique. @365: Marty thanks so much,,,you make this computer come alive every day. Looks like Sabrina really liked you. I have to mention Vinny's pint of Guinness because it looks fantastic. Rick Halberg's writing about Elvis is so true. I was a huge Elvis fan in the late sixties when kids were into Led Zeppelin (I like them too). Rick is so right about those feel good movies that seem corny now but he had a very loyal following,,,,like myself. Thanks Rick for a fine piece on the King.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: Thank you for the great suggestion! Sabrina, Shannon and everyone in there was a ton of fun, great times at Trinity Place! Glad you enjoyed Rick's blog, he's a great writer and has a cool rock 'n' roll book coming out in the future.

September 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@Al: Right you are, I shouldn't have left out Shannon, lovely women indeed!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBarfly

Wow what an amazingly cool bar that is and I love that they have an extensive beer collection as well. The decor is cool and I love the whole bank theme and that it used to be a real live bank.

The friendly smiling faces of the employees and patrons alike was a delight to see and they looked to be having a good time. Great suggestion Al!!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

@Al - Yes, that is cool that you enter through the vault door. How unique I love it!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTiki Bar Susie

Hey when is Al Rizo going to make an appearance on the crawl?

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspotcolors

@spotcolors: He's welcome anytime. Al's based out of Miami, but maybe he'll make a NYC visit before the crawl is over. How about it Al?

September 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

Thanks for the mention Marty, and thanks for the nice words from you and Al. I'm going to TRY to update as often as possible! Also Marty, was talking to a friend over lunch (Felicia) and told her I was still going to try to make it out to see you soon, so it's still on my radar!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergroovyrick

@groovyrick: Sounds good, would love to have you join the bar crawl! Good luck with the blog and I'll be looking for updates.

September 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@spotcolors and @365: I think towards the end of the crawl I will fly up,,,can't wait to see this thing Marty does first hand. Would like to hook up with our Down Under friends too. I have to visit some of the places on the list also, most of my favorites are already on the list,,, plus a few new ones with Marty. PS,,,will NOT be staying at the Edison.

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAl

@Al: Be a pleasure to have you on board for a few of these! Just give me some advance notice and we'll crawl together!

September 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

@KICK-ASS! What an awesome bar. Al really knows what he's talking about and has some freakish local knowledge of NYC. I'm making this place a definite port of call (port...tawny? depends on what time of day it is). The staff are just a little bit too easy on the eye and that door is AWESOME!!! food sounds great too...

@Al: Another great suggestion. The best time to join the crawl would be between 1st and 14th Nov....!

@Jaws: I think it was the Heineken factory or something like that. They were celebrating some kind of company milestone or anniversary. Pretty cool.

@Tim Clack: You're absolutely right on Al's destination dates! Good luck with the moonlighting!

September 28, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

A bar in a bank vault? Sensational!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Brooks

An old vault converted into a bar is fucking awesome!

September 28, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermeleah rebeccah

ya fucking kidding me!!!!!!!!!!!!!...tell me thats not photoshop.....bar/vault wot tha? JAWS!!!have you had anything to do with this?!

September 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterfitzy

@Fitzi: It's the real deal and a cool place!

September 29, 2010 | Registered Commenter365 Beers

So cool in here !!!!! The entrance is Sensationnal indeed !! ;)
Funny my friend Sabrina (who is the ex-bartender at AB bar) almost worked in a Bar called the trinity!

Love the bank vault entrance! Definitely don't see that every day. Great pick Al, beautiful place.

October 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterkari

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