In a city where nightlife is in abundance, and you can find absolutely anything with the touch of a button, it may be easier to stick to the same old places we know and love. We all know that good service and atmosphere are a 50/50 chance, so trying something different can be hard. Well, if you're craving something, or some place new, then feel free to break out of those old-habit chains, NYC and welcome these hot new bars and lounges.
Living Room Bar and Terrace, 123 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
Starwood has read our minds recently, and given FiDi this eclectic nouveau lounge, the Living Room Bar and Terrace. This chic downtown desire opened August 18th 2011, just in time for the end of summer. Like a billowy ocean wave, the LED lighting installation by Lamella, drapes across the ceiling to give a fun, open vibe unlike most of the usual modern bars of Wall Street. The lights reflect the black granite floors to create a vortex-like (think Tron:Legacy) atmosphere. But don’t worry, you won't get stuck in Tron world for too long; the neutral tan leather and purple accents warm the space to give a homier feel. And how could we forget the floor to ceiling windows, the chic wraparound terrace and most incredibly, the view of downtown Manhattan. If you’re bored with the view (or hungry) there are specially designed board games, light bites and an exciting cocktail list created by Charlotte Voisey of Rose Bar. Prices start at $15 with specialty options like the Lychee Blossom- Belvedere orange blossom with lychee juice, lemon, and peychaud bitters or the Bond Street Sparkler- Champagne with elderflower liquor with blackberries, and fresh mint.
Moldy Fig, 178 Stanton St, New York, NY 10002
Simplicity is at its best with this new kid on the East Village block. With an entire storefront made of windows, you can see the red curtained stage, the clean espresso wood café tables and the cushy black leather couches lining the red brick wall. Despite the basic décor, you know that people must be flooding in for a reason. You follow, then spot the grand piano, the vintage Rogers drum set, and the band comes on to play. Trumpets fill the air with the sweet croon of jazz. All the usual NYC pretense of necessary riche is put aside from the moment you walk in the welcoming doors of the Moldy Fig. This makes the vibe especially laid back and fun at Moldy Fig. Although it’s new, it has become a local jazz favorite- they have new acts performing every day to bring you the best jazz the city has to offer. With a small list of wine and beer, you should expect to get your cocktails elsewhere. If you’re belly is rumbling, no worries, they offer options starting at $8 like Turkey Bruschetta with Bacon Panini and Steak Fajitas.
Winston’s Champagne Bar, Gansevoort Park Hotel, 420 Park Avenue South, New York, NY.
Imagine the Park Avenue elite of the 40s, dressed to impress, sipping on the finest champagne, giggling over which bottle to choose next from the list of over 100. Welcome, Winston Champagne Bar, a forties style lounge that opened just this week at posh Gansevoort Hotel. With a distinctly industrial feel, this bar has tufted silver chairs and couches, a blown-glass chandelier with lit bubbles to mimic the fizz of the champagne, and cherry mahogany accents, to make you feel like you’ve stepped right into the Deco era. Mirrored brick lines the wall and ceiling to accentuate the pops of color and texture seen in their chic yellow grand piano and leather staircase. No mod music here, they play only forties tunes for an authentic experience. With a range from five figure bottles, to options by the glass, you’re bound to find some incredible bubbly, and rub shoulders with NYC’s finest.
APL, 146 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
This recently opened Lower East Side gem is filled to the brim with an eclectic charm that we know you’ll love. Like following Alice down the rabbit hole, you enter into what seems like a normal restaurant, but as you walk further you see the walls striped with yellow, blue, orange, and red, amidst Shepard Fairy’s damask wallpaper. Bronzed converse All Stars hang from the ceiling, like pendants from your missing shoes in grade school and carved wooden pigeons are framed on the walls. All these different textures and colors fuse together to give a funky yet sophisticated vibe. Even the floor, wormwood, was specially imported from Canada to add to the one-of-a-kind feel to APL. An American restaurant by day, they offer everything from fried pickles to NY Sirloin steak. Their specialty drinks are $12 and completely worth it. Recommendation: East River- a mint-nitro infused El Dorado rum with cucumber and fresh lime.
Bathtub Gin, 132 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
Hidden behind a mock coffee shop, is Chelsea’s swanky new addition. In true speakeasy fashion, you may walk past the Stone Street coffee shop completely unaware of the debauchery going on just behind the wall. Hit nightfall and lucky for us, a doorman outside gives away the secret. Once entering, you see the gorgeous damask on the walls and couches, the classic dim lighting for a cozy romantic touch. There is ample seating with black leather studded stools, and yellow striped French armchairs. French fringe chandeliers hang over the tables to take you back to an old Parisian absinthe den. A bathtub sits in the middle of the main lounge, filled and ready for those who dare to enter. The mouth-watering gin specials are priced at $15 and include the Sloe Gin Flip and the Raspberry Gin Fizz.