It's the beginning of Fall and all your frequent summer favorites are becoming boring with repetition. No worries though, you can try something new with these fun, hip hotel bars. Who says you need to be a tourist to drink in some of the cities finest hotel bars and lounges? It's okay, we won't tell.
5. Rooftop Bar at Hudson Hotel- With the temperatures dropping, the for demand for nightlife will change as fast as you can say Fall. Since Labor Day passed weeks ago, white pants and barbeques are out of the question, but a quaint hidden rooftop bar isn't. Venture over to the private park of the Hudson Hotel. When you arrive you'll notice vines climbing up the side of the building, along with an eclectic collection of seating arrangements. Some in the form of old wicker couches and old iron thrones, fit to make all feel more than royal. Margaritas and mojitos are the specialty here, but to get the most BANG out of your dollar and the bottle, go for the pitcher of your favorite drink at $65.
4. King Cole Bar at The St. Regis- Now if you wanted to head to a hotel bar that would impress your dad's business buddies, head over to the King Cole bar of the St. Regis, located just off of 5th avenue. When you come here, you'll see that every doorman, valet and bell boy will nod, welcoming you with a smile as you walk the lavish marble corridor. And when you finally arrive to the bar, it's everything you' would imagine classic New York City to look like. A dim lit bar with high leather-wrapped seats and even stemware for redbull. With that said, the King Cole bar is accomodating in every way possible. Make sure to go on pay day with the average cocktail costing $24.
3. Hotel Chantelle- For a more youthful, carefree time, hail a cab to the always-satisfying Lower East Side. The land where you can loosen your tie and undo that top button. Enter Hotel Chantelle. It may look like an old shanty on the exterior, but inside is another story. This place is very similar to the King Cole bar. Except they have tufted leather couches that line the walls, along with an old wood finished bar, and instead of a fresco painting over the bar, there is dark wallpaper with gold leaves sprinkled in for a decorative pop. This is the kind of place you'll find a mob wives taping.
2. Co-Op at Rivington Hotel- For some downtown chic, with a modern art twist, cross Delancey and head over to the Rivington hotel's co op. This bar is what you'd expect the MoMa to look like when you add booze. Pop art on the walls, interesting unique light fixtures, and a DJ spinning great 'after work drinking' beats, make this the spot to be. Cocktails are reasonably priced at $15 dollars, but the best drink had to be the Longstocking (Absolut vodka, domaine de canton, redbull & grapefruit). When you're done with a few of these, longstockings won't be necessary this winter.
1. Imperial No. 9 at The Mondrian Hotel- And if you're still looking for that downtown chic feeling, take the J train from Delancey over to Canal st. When you get out, bypass all the fake Rolexes and Chanel bags, and head to 150 Lafayette, to the Mondrian hotel. Imperial No. 9 is the bar you seek within. Awestruck, as you enter, by the immense natural light in the space, you'll soon notice that it's an old greenhouse. Several glass chandeliers line the ceiling to give this a one-of-a-kind feel (like the Secret Garden, all grown up). Beware- finding this hotel will be the hard part as there are no signs outside, just a set of 25-feet white lacquered french doors. And beyond them is a high class experience like no other.