10 Best Hotel Bars In New York City, USA

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New York City loves its drinks. And being the open-minded bunch that New Yorkers are, NYC has embraced cocktail joints, wine bars, and dives equally. The charm of hotel bars lies in the fact that weary travellers have a spot to knock back a few at the end of a tiring day. NYC’s hotel bars are destinations in their own right, catering to locals and tourists wanting to experience the city’s fine cocktail culture - whether it is happy hour, a romantic setting, or a business meeting. From the brand-new Public in the Lower East Side to the rarefied air of an Upper East Side piano bar, these are the best hotel bars in New York City for the finest of hotel drinking experiences.

1. Gallow Green

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Lush, unkempt greenery, twinkling lights, and a rustic decor (read: a broken-down Scottish car) make the Gallow Green atop the McKittrick Hotel appear stylishly, artfully abandoned. Housing one of the most romantic ambiences in NYC, this bar features crowd-pleasing, well-made, modern drinks - think large-format punches and creative cocktails. Spy lovely views across the Hudson while enjoying buffet-style brunches with live music on weekends. Don’t miss the excellent daily dinner menu of small seasonal plates.

Gallow Green

Address: 542 W 27th St, New York

Website: Gallow Green

Opening hours: Sunday - Wednesday 5 pm - 12 am, Thursday - Saturday 5 pm - 1 am

Average price for two people: 31 - 60 USD

2. Monkey Bar

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Owned by publishing titan Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair, Monkey Bar is less a bar than a restaurant. Expect to run into the who’s who of NYC here - the upper echelon of the New Yorker, the head of Dreamworks, maybe even a Yankee! This central rendezvous point for the well-connected of Manhattan’s media and fashion circles features cartoonish murals and brass monkeys in its decor, with well-made cocktails under the able guidance of Julie Reiner. What’s more, Monkey Bar’s food menu of American classics has given the place a well-deserved second chance.

Monkey Bar

Address: 60 E 54th St, New York

Website: Monkey Bar

Opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:30 am - 1 am

Average price for two people: 31-60 USD

3. The Rum House

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Widely recognized as NYC’s best cocktail bar, this revamped, renowned piano bar is cosy and welcoming to the hilt. This newest midtown watering hole features an extensive range of rum, including the obscure buttery Zafra Master’s Reserve and the classic French 75 or bourbon Old Fashioned. This timeless bar also features all kinds of fun cocktails, including a coconut concoction of the Piña Colada called ‘The Escape’ and a 'Daiquiri Your Way’, a classic, potent drink. The wood-panelled, red-walled drinking den also features fantastic live music in the form of a nightly piano. P.S.: The Rum House is run by the guys behind the Tribeca mixology haven Ward III.

The Rum House

Address: 228 W 47th St, New York

Website: The Rum House

Opening hours: Monday - Sunday 12 pm - 4 am

Average price for two people: 10 - 30 USD

4. The Lobby Bar

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The wood-panelled, book-shelved, squishy button-couched interiors and the fun of people-watching alone make visiting the Lobby Bar worth it. This versatile, roomy space has brought the concept of hipster cool to the quiet, resolute Flatiron business district. Today, it is one of the trendiest spots in NYC for an after-work cocktail, which includes the likes of Bitter Lemonade (fresh lemon, Aperol, prosecco) Don’t miss pairing your fun drink with pork scratchings and house-cured Berkshire pork belly. Chug affordable beer in buckets and even guzzle on delicious Stumptown coffee.

The Lobby Bar

Address: 16 W 29th St, New York

Website: The Lobby Bar

Opening hours: 5:30 pm - 2 pm, 5:30 pm - 2 am

Average price for two people: 25-60 USD

5. King Cole Bar

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Uptown poise and downtown trim make for a heady confluence at Manhattan’s most storied meeting place, the King Cole Bar & Salon. The ultra-high-end King Cole with its giant, royal murals is tailored for the NYC’s social elite and the new gen of luxury travellers. King Cole is where the legendary Bloody Mary was born (as the ‘Red Snapper’) and became popular, all thanks to Fernand Petiot in 1934, and continues to be the signature drink. Try the Mary Terranean, a bloody mary concoction made with Grey Goose vodka, oregano, fresh basil, and olive oil which, at 25 USD, offers a singular taste of NYC opulence.

King Cole Bar

Address: 2 E 55th St, New York

Website: King Cole Bar

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 11:30 am - 12 am, Sunday 12 pm - 12 am

Average price for two people: 50-70 USD

6. The Ides Bar - Wythe Hotel

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With an unobstructed, jaw-dropping, sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, its no wonder why the Ides draws hoards of patrons, both travellers and locals alike. This sleek rooftop establishment features stylish red banquettes and ample bar seating, along with an eclectic and elegant mix of cocktails - don’t miss the range of Old World wines including Gamay and Prosecco, the ‘Sixth Floor Sling’, a heady mixture of lime sherbet, apricot, and allspice, the Violette-lemon-gin Aviation, and the maraschino-vermouth-rye Brooklyn. Get there early to venture to the terrace and take in the sunset.

Ides Bar

Address: 80 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn, New York

Website: The Ides Bar

Opening hours: Monday - Thursday 4 pm - 12:30 am, Friday 2 pm - 1:30 am, Saturday 12 pm - 1:30 am, Sunday 12 pm - 12:30 am

Average price for two people: 30-45 USD

7. The Crown

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For stunning views of New Jersey, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, head to the 21st floor of the Hotel 50 Bowery to the Crown, an intimate lounge with two rooftop patios with glorious views of the Big Apple and a massive bottle-service menu. This low-key-vibe bar with a minimalistic decor features contemporary Asian-inspired, Sichuan tincture cocktails such as Thai-basil watermelon margarita. While the bites are limited, head to the hip Rice & Gold, the first-floor restaurant, which serves global cuisine.

The Crown

Address: 50 Bowery Street, New York

Website: The Crown

Opening hours: Sunday - Wednesday 2 pm - 12 am, Thursday - Saturday 2 pm - 2 am

Average price for two people: 35-50 USD

8. Mr. Purple

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The effortlessly chic, casual-vibe Mr. Purple bar features sexy 15th-floor Manhattan views, two roof deck terraces looking both eastward and westward, and even a pool. Enjoy the large selection of wine, craft beers, and speciality cocktails such as the Mr. Purple, a punch of cranberry liqueur, Casamigos tequila, allspice dram, lemon, and apple, along with street-food-style bar food like fish tacos, fried chicken sliders, grilled cheese, and fries. The sprawling, posh bar has a minimalistic decor with clear pendant lights and thoughtfully arranged bottles allow for unobstructed, gorgeous views of the NYC skyline.

Mr. Purple

Address: 180 Orchard St 15th floor, New York

Website: Mr. Purple

Opening hours: Monday - Tuesday 4 pm - 2 am, Wednesday 4 pm - 3 am, Thursday - Friday 4 pm - 4 am, Saturday 11 am - 4 am, Sunday 11 am - 2 am

Average price for two people: 60 USD onwards

9. The Bar

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Dress to the hilt, for you’re going someplace absolutely fabulous. Taking a visual cue from an eclectic mix of the Hall of Mirrors, French hotel ballrooms, and the NYC of the 30s is the barrel-vaulted hotel bar at the Baccarat Hotel. With glowing scarlet walls, throne-like bar stools, and giant custom-made crystal chandeliers overhead, this bar is a visual stunner. What’s more, all beverages, whether it’s the cocktails, champagne, or the wine, are served in Baccarat crystal vessels. Cocktails cost anywhere from 26 USD to even as high as 450 USD - this should give you an idea of the opulence.

The Bar

Address: 28 W 53rd St, New York

Website: The Bar

Opening hours: 4 pm - 11:30 pm

Average price for two people: 100 USD

10. Bemelmans Bar

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Bemelmans is a relic of the Gotham’s nightlife of the past, which was a luxurious, lavish, and an expense-account-fuelled time. One of the greatest Upper East Side bars with cocktails, a legendary piano talent, and old school tunes, Bemelmans features enchanting original murals by Ludwig Bemelmans and gold leaf ceilings, with top-of-the-line service and cocktails - think an Old Fashioned, a Whiskey Sour, or the absolutely perfect dirty Gin Martini. P.S.: Cover charges apply when trios start performing around 9 pm.

Bemelmans Bar

Address: 35 E 76th St, New York

Website: Bemelmans Bar

Opening hours: Tuesday - Thursday 12 pm - 1 am, Friday - Saturday 12 pm - 1:30 am, Sunday - Monday 12 pm - 12:30 am

Beaming Big Apple

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Not for nothing does New York City have cocktails named after each of its five boroughs - clearly, New Yorkers love a good drink! For a great drinking spree in the Big Apple, head to these watering holes, vintage and modern, and you’ll know what an out-of-the-world drinking experience is all about!

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