A bar of class and sophistication. I believe that class is when you have a standard, you draw the line and say, ""This is no longer tolerated."" To say Lexington Bar and Books is ""Old School"" is almost cliche; Lexington Bar and Books is the way it's supposed to be. In a time of diminishing standards, its are very high, to the point of ruffeling the feathers of those with weak spines, who surrender to the fashion of the day and lose themselves, just to be like (and liked by) everyone. When was the last time you went to a bar that had a dress code? In ""Old"" New York (late 19th century through the 1950's, mid-60's) men wouldn't be caught dead going out for a drink without a shirt and tie, a jacket, not wearing shoes. Here's a place that enforces the dress code at the door, as they take my coat. ""Civilized"" can best describe my experience. For those of us of a certain age, who looked up to James Bond (Sean Connery) as the role model, here's our place. Instead of paintings on the walls, bookshelves lined with books; the motif of the library of an English club, but a place where James Bond would want to have a martini, or Frank Sinatra would come for a nice Bourbon; and a cigar. What a selection! La Gloria Cubana, Hoya de Monterrey, H. Upmann, just to name a few. I find, with whatever cigar I smoke, the end's the best part; the flavor's more complex. (Even with the Upmann.) My test of a good bartender is his ability to make a Manhattan or Rob Roy. (my personal favorites) I'm never disappointed, here. For those ""Girly Men"" (If I may steal a term from His Honor, Arnold.) who complain about the price of cigars in this cigar bar, I say to you, ""You've never gone out? Why do you complain about the price of a cigar, but expect to pay $200-$300 for a bottle of nice Champagne?"" ""Stay home!"", I say to those who complain about having to check their coats. Lexington Bar and Books is for real men; for those of us who don't complain when we're treated like civilized human beings.
Pros: Service, bartender, dress code.
Cons: Sometimes, it gets too crowded.