Blue Bar

The Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel in Manhattan is probably the bluest bar in the world. With blue lights overhead, a blue backdrop, and tiny blue lights embedded in the bar itself, it has maxed out the blue decorating options. The results are truly over the top, and the only thing missing is blues for background music.

As I sat at the bar drinking a glass of wine on Friday night, though, I wondered — would this be a place you’d want to frequent if you had the blues?

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Hamlet At The â€˜Gonq

We ended up at the Algonquin Hotel last night. It’s known as the location of the Algonquin Roundtable, where Dorothy Parker and the American literati of the ’20s held forth. It’s also known as the home of Hamlet, the house cat. There’s been a house cat at the ‘Gonq for at least 90 years -and I think they’ve all been called Hamlet.

This morning, Hamlet was guarding the front desk when we left. I’m not a “cat person,” but I think a house cat is pretty cool.