The Odeon, 1980
The lounge: Downstairs, a room with a couch resembling an old railcar seat, two wooden telephone booths, and an antique upright scale.
The loos: Two Art Deco rooms anchored with giant sinks with spindled legs.
Amenities A chair for lounging, a gigantic chrome trash can.
Drawbacks: Bolivian Marching Powder not as readily available as it was in 1986.
The lounge: None. Past the bar, look for two doors with elegantly stained mirrors.
The loos: Two unisex cubicles— tall and narrow like a dumbwaiter shaft — are separated by a wall of opaque glass bricks.
Amenities: About three dozen rolls of tp stacked against the wall.
Drawbacks: Perhaps the dingiest and least remarkable of McNally’s restrooms.
The lounge: Upstairs, a rustic, wood-paneled room with overstuffed leather chairs, lightboxes displaying propaganda clippings, and a mural depicting proud laborers.
The loos: As with Lucky Strike, two narrow rooms are separated by opaque glass. There’s a hammer-and-sickle mosaic on the tiled floor and Cyrillic words on stained-glass windows.
Amenities: A lightbox mirror glows over a metal sink with push-down faucets.
Drawbacks: Unless you read Russian, you wouldn’t know that the ladies' room is on the left and the men’s room is on the right. Fear not—they’re essentially unisex.
The lounge: Down creaky wooden stairs, a Baroque room with colorful overflowing bouquets and a stained-glass ceiling.
The loos: Two doors with beautiful etched-glass windows open onto rooms with classic black-and-white tiling and the requisite mustard-painted tin ceiling.
Amenities: Toothpicks, Listerine, mints, and (in the ladies' room) Secret deodorant, a hairbrush, perfume, Q-tips.
Drawbacks: Hovering attendants.
The lounge: Beyond a door indicating “Toilette et Telephones,” a white-tiled unisex washing area where a mirror stretches over a long communal sink.
The loos: Somewhat cramped. There is a single wobbly toilet in the men’s-room stall. Amenities: Two stately Art Deco urinals.
Drawbacks: The sprinkling from the old-fashioned faucets is more apt for watering flowers than washing hands.
The lounge: Downstairs, through two frosted doors, is a beautifully tiled room (à la Pastis) at the center of which is a communal sink suspended amid a mess of rusty pipes.
The loos: Some of McNally’s smallest and most unremarkable.
Amenities: Even in the cellular era, there is a payphone at the bottom of the stairs, though it’s a far cry from the wooden phone booths at Odeon.
Drawbacks: The sink water can be scalding hot. And as bartender Corey Lima has told us, it’s not always water that’s going into the sink.