A self described Irish-Victorian bar with a wide range of whiskeys and 25 beers on tap and decent pub grub. Lillie wears a lot of hats; playing the roll of scenesters lounge, sports bar (soccer and rugby) and office workers tavern. Mostly it comes across having a 90ts feel. (the music here helps to reinforce this) The bar is named after Lillie Langtry (1853-1929), an actress model, mistress of the future king of England and Oscar Wilde’s muse. She moved to America in 1887 to become and entrepreneur and society hostess. Following her trail, the owners brought the pub’s antique bar and furniture over from a Victorian mansion in Belfast. I don’t know if that was necessary, from the looks of the bar (which some say is borderline tacky, I personally do like it) they could have faked it and you probably couldn’t tell the difference. That said, Lillie’s is a nice option (the kitchen closes till 4 a.m.) in a rather bland part of town.
Hours: Daily, 11am -4am
13 E. 17th St, nr. Fifth Ave, 10003 212-337-1970