Whether you are trying to avoid Times Square on New Year's eve, or simply looking for a relaxing cocktail after a day of sightseeing, these top Manhattan hotel bars are sure to quench your thirst.
King Cole Bar at the St. Regis
A justly beloved Maxfield Parrish mural of "Old King Cole" himself, as well as his psychedelic court, adds to the already considerable elegance at this romantic and essential Midtown meeting place. Try a . . . Read bar review.
Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle
One of the greatest old-school cocktail spots in New York, Bemelmans Bar is less fancy-schmancy than the CafÃ© Carlyle (though still pricey). There's a mural by the author of the Madeline books, and a rotating cast of pianist-singers. Read review.
Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel
Combining Old World hunting-lodge elegance with the height of comfort, the spanking new Bowery sets a standard for what all hotel lobbies should feature: sofas you can get lost in, a grand fireplace, a beautiful . . . Read bar review.
Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel
The Ace Hotel is the sweet spot du jour, with one bar in the eclectic lobby, another at the trendy Breslin restaurant, and also an outpost of Stumptown coffee if you need to sober up. Read hotel review.
Oak Bar at The Plaza
Eloise's adopted home on the corner of Central Park, the Plaza is back in the hotel game after a $450 million renovation...The Oak Room remains a lavish splurge, but the real joy is a drink at the Oak Bar, with its wood filigrees looking better than ever . . . Read hotel review.
Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel
Mega-hotelier Ian Schrager's properties are design temples, with chic lounges favored by jet-setters and locals alike. The new "haute Bohemian" Gramercy Park Hotel is Schrager's Manhattan outpost, with its popular—and pricey—Rose Bar and Jade Bar. The hotel also features a Roof Club that's open to the public. TIP:
Call ahead to make sure the space is not booked for a private party. Read hotel review.
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Photo Credits: Bemelmans Bar Detail courtesy Rosewood Hotels and Resorts; King Cole Bar courtesy The St. Regis New York; Breslin Bar courtesy The Breslin Bar & Dining Room; Bowery Lobby Bar Courtesy Gregory Goode; The Rose Bar courtesy Gramercy Park Hotel.