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Top 5 Hotel Bars in NYC

Whether traveling for business or vacation, picking the right NYC bar is one of the most important decisions of the night. From the ambience, to the drink menu, to the service…

Whether traveling for business or vacation, picking the right NYC bar is one of the most important decisions of the night. From the ambience, to the drink menu, to the service, we’ve rounded up our top 5 favorite hotel bars in NYC!

The Bar – Baccarat Hotel

The Bar pulls its inspiration from traditional American long bars, the ornate ballrooms of historic French hôtels particuliers and the royal stables at Versailles with its characteristic barrel vaulting and natural- wood walls. This 60-foot bar houses Baccarat’s collection of celebrated wine and craft cocktails. You’ll be able to find anything from inspired classics and signature aperitifs to caviar pairings and indulgent desserts.

Why We Love It: The overall style of The Bar transports you away from real life and into a world of opulent New York nights and elevated craft cocktails. All libations are poured into stunning Baccarat crystal glasses that sparkle with every sip. No detail is left undone, and every drink is meticulously crafted. If your feeling extravagant, check out their ultra-premium cocktail menu, where you can find the finest aged whiskey, exquisite cognac and rare liqueurs.

The Bar Room at Temple Court – The Beekman

Located in FiDi, just a five-minute walk from Wall Street, The Bar Room at Tom Colicchio’s Temple Court gives an air of 19 th century New York married with modern luxury. Just beneath The Beekman’s stunning, nine-story Victorian era atrium sits The Bar Room’s deep leather armchairs, checkered marble tables and antique bookshelves. Enjoy a list of handcrafted cocktails alongside an all-day menu.

Why We Love It: The Bar Room gives an old-school New York feel that we can’t get enough of. This homage to New York glamour of decades past is both visually stunning and intellectually stimulating. Look up and see nine gleaming stories of wrought iron railings surrounding the 19 th century atrium and magnificent skylight.

Salon de Ning – The Peninsula New York

Salon de Ning is a favorite amongst New Yorkers and travelers alike for its stunning city views, enchanting setting and world-class cocktails. A chic rooftop bar with two outdoor terraces and an intimate interior bar, Salon de Ning features sparkling views over Fifth Avenue and an impressive menu. From small plates to fine wine and spirits, Salon de Ning will not disappoint. The lush rooftop terraces also provide the perfect venue for private events.

Why We Love It: Salon de Ning has the ever-popular NYC rooftop vibe that is both chic and alluring. Located in the heart of Midtown, you cannot beat the sensational location or the dramatic skyline views. Lounge seating areas provide a distinctly private and relaxing experience while overlooking the bustling city below. 

Bemelmans Bar – The Carlyle, A Rosewood Hotel

A piano bar artfully crafted with Ludwig Bemelmans murals and accents of dark wood, Bemelmans Bar is a timeless location that gives off an understated romantic quality. Named in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic Madeline children’s books, Bemelmans Bar boasts and extensive drink menu and nightly live entertainment. The Upper East Side bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass tabletops, a dramatic black granite bar and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling.

Why We Love It: Bemelmans channels classic New York style. It is simply too easy to be charmed by its inviting design, distinctive cocktail list and large-scale murals. It is actually the only surviving Bemelmans’ commission open to the public!

701West – The Times Square EDITION

The Times Square EDITION introduces the next generation of modern luxury. With an urban energy coursing throughout the hotel’s bars and restaurants, 701West is no exception. Chef John Frasier injects The Times Square EDITION with this elegant dining and bar experience. Select a drink from The Salon’s
inventive cocktail program, enjoy a glass of wine from the personalized selections of the 701West sommeliers, or sip on one of the premium sparkling selections from the Champagne trolley. All this paired with a full menu that was awarded three stars by the New York Times.

Why We Love It: Location, location, location! This modern bar buzzes with the energy of midtown. The atmosphere coupled with its beautifully thought out cocktail menu and carefully curated wine list is absolutely enchanting. Plus, the Champagne trolley makes every night a celebration!