The city is full of hotel bars that create a fun and welcoming atmosphere for everyone. Whether people are looking for a rooftop bar or a swanky lounge, they can head to one of these spots in some of New York City’s top hotels. By John Friia
180 Orchard Street
New York, NY 10002
Boasting quintessential views of the Manhattan skyline, Mr. Purple is a year-round rooftop bar located atop the Hotel Indigo Lower East Side. Once people enter the rooftop lounge, they will notice an expansive indoor and outdoor space featuring a swimming pool and chic, artistic accents. New Yorkers can sip on their signature cocktails while gazing at the Freedom Tower and the Empire State Building.
445 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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Elegance and sophistication blend together to create timeless atmosphere at Rarities in Midtown. Rarities, a reservation-only bar, is nestled inside Lotte New York Palace and offers guests a collection of vintage spirits, including cognac from 1914 and a 40-year old whisky. The 25-seat lounge is a getaway from the hectic city life and brings old-world charm to present day. Rarities has also launched a whiskey tasting menu that educates guests on the process of making the liquor, various flavors and tastings of 30-year old blends.
107 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
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Fusing the words scene and Zen, S’Zen is a sultry cocktail lounge at the Hotel on Rivington that boasts a rotating art gallery and Asian-inspired cocktails. From the plush velvet sofas to the leather armchairs, this Lower East Side lounge creates a romantic atmosphere perfect for dates. Guests will be amazed by the flaming Japanese swords, which are used to saber bottles of champagne and cut ice. While many Japanese restaurants offer an omakase tasting menu, S’Zen offers a customized omakase of cocktails at the bar.
201 Park Ave South
New York, NY 10003
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Nestled near Union Square, Irvington echoes the rustic style of the nearby farmer’s market. Located in the W New York Union Square, the restaurant and lounge serves seasonal American cuisine using fresh ingredients. People can unwind from a long day with one of their signature carbonated bottled craft cocktails, including their Moscow Mule or sparkling negroni. It is not just cocktails at Irvington — the restaurant also serves fresh cold-pressed juices.
224 West 49th Street
New York, NY 10019
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New Yorkers can enjoy the hidden respite from Times Square at LeGrande Lounge in the Time Hotel. Located on the second floor, the lounge is reminiscent of the 1960s, with light oak wood and concrete accents. Be sure to check out their menu of light American fare, and their rotating cocktail list.
John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.