With the exception of a few classics, hotel bars were often a city's after-thoughts - a necessity but one that didn't warrant any outside traffic. Today, it seems a hotel is not a hotel without a top-notch bar. More and more, these bars don't just cater to out-of-town guests, but in-the-know locals as well.
Jimmy at The James is the perfect example of a hotel bar that's all grown-up. Unlike the hotel bars of yore, visitors would be sorely mistaken if they think they can gain access without a sky high pair of pumps.
In the same vein, those looking for a dance party needn't head to the nearest club. Instead, guests can take in the views and shake their tail feather at places like Le Bain at the Standard, a party classic near the High Line.
And if you're looking for old New York, those classics of a time gone by do remain - like in the case of Bemelmans Bar at the Carlyle Hotel. Adorned with whimsical art from the artist of the same name, this Madeline-themed wonderland is everything that made past decades so grand. Guests can easily get lost for the evening clinking the ice in their old fashioned while listening to one of the pianists known to grace the stage.
No matter your poison or your preference, there's a New York City hotel bar for you in our list.