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NYC’s 5 Best Bars Near Rockefeller Center And Bryant Park

December 18, 2011 2:52 PM

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While the cool weather seems to be making a slow arrival (no complaints here), there’s no confusion which season it is after a trip to Rockefeller Center or the ice rink at Bryant Park. Visit these Midtown bars while you’re getting your dose of the sparkling lights and holiday spirit. By Selena Ricks-Good.
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Johnny Utah’s

21 W. 51st St.
New York, NY
(212) 265-8824
johnnyutahs.com

Crowds of thrill-seeking partygoers line up for the mechanical bull at this sprawling Southwestern-themed bar hidden below the rows of skyscrapers. When you’re not trying to conquer the bull, saddle up to the bar for a tequila flight or score a table for a plate of BBQ. Daily happy hour from 4 to 9 p.m. includes $3 Bud drafts, $4 bottles of Session beer and $6 margaritas.

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The Rum House

228 W. 47th St.
New York, NY
(646) 490-6924
edisonrumhouse.com

Revamped by the team behind Tribeca cocktail destination Ward III, The Rum House features nightly piano performances and crafty cocktails in a handsome setting. Pull up a stool and sip  classic such as an Old Fashioned or a Manhattan, or try a signature concoction such as The Edison (vodka, Combier, Cherry Heering, pineapple juice, prosecco and candied orange).

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The Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue

485 Fifth Ave.
New York, NY
(212) 601-1234
newyork.5thavenue.andaz.hyatt.com/

After ice skating at Bryant Park across the street, step into this sleek subterranean hotel bar and warm up with seasonal cocktails by the fireplace. Try a Seasonal Negroni (Martin Miller’s Westbourne Strength Gin, Carpano Antica, Cynar, Campari and house orange bitters) or a Holy Mole (Lunazul Reposado Tequila, Dolin Sweet Vermouth, Averna and chocolate mole bitters).

Forty Four at The Royalton

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44 W. 44th St.
New York, NY
(212) 944-8844
royaltonhotel.com

Talk about swanky–this lobby cocktail lounge features a sweeping fireplace, U-shaped bar and plenty of plush seating. Cocktails, created by some of the top bartenders from around the country, change seasonally. For fall and winter, try the Seven Spiced Cider (spiced rum, hot cider, pineapple, lemon, honey, cinnamon, clove, star anise and nutmeg) or The Alchemist (Alchemia Ginger Vodka, ginger syrup, lime juice and champagne, garnished with a sage leaf).

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The Lantern’s Keep at the Iroquois Hotel

49 W. 44th St.
New York, NY
(212) 453-4287
thelanternskeep.com

Another cocktail lounge with a fireplace, Lantern’s Keep is a quiet respite from Midtown’s brouhaha. Sip cocktails designed by Meaghan Dorman of Raines Law Room, such as the Floradora (gin, raspberries, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger syrup and club soda) or the New York Highball (bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne, topped with red wine). The 30-seat bar is occasionally closed for private events, so be sure to call ahead for a reservation.

For the latest on NYC’s bar and nightlife scene, follow us on Twitter!Selena Ricks-Good writes about drinks and produces events as The Dizzy Fizz.
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