94 W Houston St, New York, NY | Directions 1001240.727120 -74.000193
Neighborhoods: Downtown, SoHo
Fantastic Bar! – I went to Madame X for the first time the other night. It's the kind of New York bar I love - great atmosphere, unpretentious and very friendly people. The pretty woman behind the bar (rooney or something!) was really friendly and made me very welcome even though I was just visiting. These places are getting rarer and when you combine atmosphere with such friendly bar staff its a perfect night to relax and unwind given the chaos going on outside. Highly recommended. Dont wear red though - you'll be like the invisible man.
Madame X-what a gem. – We were in town and drinking our way through the city. We stumbled ( quite literally) into Madame X's drawn by the red glow. Rani at the bar, a much prettier Jennifer Anniston, made the start to our evening so memorable that a week later i'm still laughing with my friends. The mood is chill, fun, friendly and a little naughty. If you are in this part of town and don't stop in Madame X's for a drink you are really missing out. Thank you for a great time! And see you soon! Thanks for all the neighborhood tips and directions-they were flawless. And those shots were awesome. Thanks Rani! You Rock!
Michael and the group from Chicago and Brooklyn
PS Janice Rossi in 2R is a ho-wa.
THE place to throw a birthday party! – I threw a surprise birthday party for my girlfriend this past weekend and it could not have gone smoother. We rented out half of the upstairs and had an open bar for the night; about sixty people came and everyone had a blast (including, of course, the birthday girl). The space was perfect, a private atrium with our own bartender; we even had a secret hiding spot up a ladder where some mysterious hookups happened. The physical venue could not have been better, but, MOST IMPORTANTLY, the service is unmatched. First, I got personal attention from the owner who went through every detail to make sure everything ran smoothly in the weeks before the event. Secondly, the manager on duty, Karen, was by my side whenever I needed her, coordinating the surprise to perfection (she even had the doorman radio upstairs that my girlfriend had arrived so we could all strike a pose for the surprise). Thirdly, our attractive and talented private bartender, Chaz, was whipping up drinks with a smile all night. It was a dream team of entertainers.
Bottom line: THE BEST place to throw a private party on a reasonable budget.
Great girls night out – Went to Madame X for a strip class provided by the Diva school and had a great time. Katlyn was beautiful, fun and energetic! She made for a great start to a night of bacholorette partying! The ambiance was sultry, the attention was personal, the music was pumping and the drinks were perfect. Left with a great desire to return:)
Madame X is terrible! – Madame X should die. Their back porch is louder than all hell and they have no consideration for their neighbors. Smoking illegal substances and having drunk college kids on sunday night screaming until 4am is unacceptable. Part of being a good neighborhood bar is caring about your neighbors...I hope this place gets shutdown.
A spicy lovers' saloon with naughty decor. – In Short
Red light bulbs and lampshades cast a crimson glow upon a bordello-like bar bedecked with burgundy velvet-draped couches and a slew of nude prints. A curtain blanketing the back wall gives the impression that a show is perennially about to start, but the pulse of jazz, dancehall, hip-hop and reggae never lets up, precluding the possibility of anything but a liquor-lapping good time. A 20-something crowd partakes of gleefully named drinks such as the Sweet Little Bitch--a mix of Amaretto, Grand Marnier and pineapple juice--in the main bar area and one of several adjoining party rooms.
Hits: Open year-round, the heated backyard serves as a party space unto itself--some drinkers post out there for the duration of the evening. If you can tolerate the smoke, it's one of the city's outdoor gems.
Misses: The crowds during primetime boozing hours can be overwhelming in the worst way. There's also nothing particularly glamorous about most of the clientele.
Good times and memorable nights!! – So my very first experience at MadameX was a month before my birthday. A friend and I decided to try the place after watching a burlesque show around the area. The ambiance was nothing that I expected. I only saw the first floor but it was rather quaint with cushy sofas and low lighting. It was a Friday night and I only stayed for a few hours but the drinks I had was amazing and the host that evening Kaina was so sweet and hospitable. I felt like I was at home!!
I visited the establishment two more times and saw the consistency of the service, music and atmosphere and so I decided to host my birthday there. I had a party of 15 to 20 people and Kaina hosted my little get-together. She made my friends and family feel so welcome and was very attentive to everyone. The crowd that night was very diverse and they came in waves. There was a constant stream of traffic but I was happy that my party was able to conversate with each other without having to scream over loud music or other patrons just to be heard. We all had such a blast.
Everyone commented on how great the place was. "Comfort" was the word of the evening. MadameX was exactly how I wanted to celebrate my birthday and everyone there made it that much more wonderful. Thank you Kaina for such a lovely evening! I will definitely be back and so will most of my friends! I'm looking forward to many more memorable nights at MadameX~
Worst birthday party i've ever had.... – I've been coming to citysearch for years for help with picking out where to go for my bday. I've always been very pleased with the results. However, my recent decision to have my bday party at Madame X based on the reviews, was a HUGE mistake. I have to say that Amy, the person i made my reservation with, was very sweet and answered all of my questions. I made a reservation for 20 people on a Saturday night and was that we would be easily accommodated. So i show up at the bar and i have just about the smallest area in the place. The place was jam PACKED!!! It seemed like they basically overbooked the place. I spoke to a not so understanding manager and was told that there was nothing she could do but if I wanted, i could have a special request from the DJ...wtf? Also, the place itself just smelled really bad and the bathrooms were disgusting. The only good thing i can say about Madame X is that the drinks were reasonably priced for Manhattan. But even so, my friend ordered and vodka cran and was given a whiskey and cranberry. Overall the place just didn't seem prepared for the amount of people that they themselves let in. Needless to say, i will go back to Madame X and feel cheated out of a bday!!
I'm always nervous about booking a party in a space that's not the right size for the group. I'd let this person know that we only had one space left, and it was a bit smaller than I'd like for the number of people she expected. It's true that we were very busy and she's obviously a popular lady as her group arrived in force and we knew they weren't comfortable. There just wasn't any more available space. I can't speak for the scent. The bar is thoroughly cleaned every day, but by 12am with a full bar .... As for the bathrooms, I have an employee whose sole purpose is to clear glasses and clean the bathrooms. I can only think she paid a visit just prior to his attending to the room. I've offered to reimburse her the reservation fee.
Great drinks, rude staff – I've been going to Madame X for 10 years. I've had 3 parties there, and was actually there for another friend's birthday party when I had the WORST experience I've ever had at an establishment in NYC. The bartender (the ONLY one on duty) was texting on her phone. A guy came up to the bar and tried to ask her for something and she told him to "give her one second while she finished her text". It must have been a text that made her mad, because she plopped his lime in his drink and when she came over to take my friend's order, she was not in a good mood. She ended up confronting my friend, asked her if she "had an attitude" and whether my friend was "mad that she'd been texting." To make a long story short, she refused to serve my friend (we are both still flabbergasted by where this came from).
I asked to speak to the manager, who was in the basement. When she came up, she didn't introduce herself, listened to the first 5 sentences of what I had to say, then said, "That's not how I heard it happened." (The bartender had complained to another off-duty bartender, who then had taken the story to the manager.) After several attempts to explain that I was actually standing right there when the exchange happened, and I was the ONLY witness, the manager assured me that I couldn't possibly have witnessed that exchange because "she knows the bartender and she would never say that to a customer." So basically, she called me -- a loyal customer for the past 10 years -- a liar.
She went to verify the story with my friend, who gave a similar account. Again, she questioned whether my friend had "heard the bartender correctly" and implied that my friend had done something to provoke the bartender's tirade. She made a condescending offer to "talk to the bartender", but made it clear that she didn't believe us. By that time we were fed up with the lack of professionalism.
End result: We texted everyone, moved the birthday party to another location and had a blast!
I was aware this happened, but this version is, unfortunately, somewhat inaccurate. The bar was busy, and noisy, and, as can happen in those situations there was definitely a misunderstanding. When people, both bartender and customer, feel they're not being respected, sense and logic suffer.
My bar manager most definitely did not call this lady a liar. She DID say the bartender wouldn't say what was reported, second hand, but the manager is a professional and not in the habit of offending our customers - who pay her salary.
Our bartender was terse with the original customer as she felt the person was being rude to her. We don't condone attitude, in either direction, and the bartender was told there were better ways to handle the situation.
We did go back to apologize after speaking with everyone involved, but the customer had left.
Dingy, smelly – I would not recommend this place. Before visiting the city, I found Madame X on this site. The website and the reviews looked great. My party and I were very disappointed when we arrived to find a small,dark and unpleasant smelling establishment. The floors were uneven and when we went upstairs to the "garden" area, I was afraid of falling down the rickety stairs. We didn't even stay for one drink so I can't comment on the service.
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