Originally, the King Cole Bar was about fifty feet (15m) east of the small but ornate lobby of The St. Regis. It was a large room with many circular tables and a long north-south bar above which was the famous Parrish painting. Later, the bar was moved to a far smaller room east of that spot. The mural for which the venue is named, or perhaps a slightly smaller version of the painting, hangs behind the bar. It is by artist Maxfield Parrish and depicts "Old King Cole" who was a "merry old soul" calling for his pipe and bowl, and his "fiddlers three."