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Drink like a journalist at NoMad speakeasy Gibson & Luce

A renovation turned up this Prohibition-era bar rumored to have been a haven for journalists. Now, you'll find Italian spirits and upscale bar bites.
Gibson & Luce may look fancy, but it serves a cocktail called the Banana Spliff like any good journalist bar should.
Gibson & Luce may look fancy, but it serves a cocktail called the Banana Spliff like any good journalist bar should.

You know what journalists want in a bar? Strong drinks and to be left alone.

That’s certainly true at Gibson & Luce, the new speakeasy in the basement of the Life Hotel discovered during a renovation. The building used to be the home of Life magazine, and the bar is said to have been a Prohibition-era hang for the hard-working journos to blow off some steam in peace.

The upscale bar menu of items like a goose fat potato knish and crispy chicken “tots” will go far to keep you debating the hot topics of the day long into the night (and, a rarity for a hotel bar, Gibson & Luce will remain open until 1 a.m.)

The trend of bitter Italian spirits is present in an extensive menu of digestifs, with a cocktail list rife with end-of-the-world names (dark humor is essential for those in the news business) and eclectic ingredients.

Lounge on the cerulean banquettes and cue up a retro version of a jukebox: The bar has “a nook for turntables” with a “curated” selection of vinyl albums. As long as there’s some Radiohead, keep the drinks coming.

Gibson & Luce is located at 19 W. 31st St.