Check in to 10 of New York's Hottest Hotel Bars

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 jump the line at The Jane or take in the views at Le Bain at the Standard while moving to the beat of the DJ. 

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. 

Cross the river into Brooklyn and take in the skyline views from the rooftop of the Wythe Hotel. The Ides is an Art-Deco spot that's a bit more understated than some of the other flashier bars on this list, but that doesn't make it any less...  Read More

Ink48 Hotel
Photo courtesy of Kris Tamburello

The Press Lounge at Ink48 Hotel is perched atop the city, rewarding patrons with unobstructed views of Manhattan and the Hudson River. It's won accolades the city over, including from The NY Times' Frank Bruni who wrote it was "without question,...  Read More

Upper East Side
Bemelmans Bar

Named after a famous author of children's literature, this piano bar in the Carlyle Hotel offers a luxurious reprieve on the Upper East Side. The spot bills itself as a piece of "Old New York," but the author's murals from stories like the...  Read More

The Rose Bar and Jade Bar

Owned by artist Julian Schnabel and hotelier-to-the-stars Ian Schrager, Manhattan's swank Gramercy Park Hotel has an unparalleled location next to tony Gramercy Park, celebrity chef Danny Meyer's Italian restaurant Maialino, and not one but two...  Read More

With arguably the chicest bathrooms and sexiest views in NYC, Le Bain is notoriously one of the hardest doors in the city. Perhaps that's because this lively club is connected to The Boom Boom Room, one of Manhattan's exclusive celebrity...  Read More


The swank Standard Hotel, Andre Balazs's hedonistic playground in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, has five bars and restaurants. But it's the humble Biergarten that is a must-try. The open-air space lies right below the southernmost entrance...  Read More

The Library Bar
Photo courtesy of Benoit Linero

The NoMad Hotel's Library Bar is anything but bookish. Jacques Garcia, of Paris' L'Hotel fame, designed the interiors of this smart cocktail den and the adjoining NoMad restaurant. Walk through the dining room (it's a little awkward, yes, but...  Read More

Flatiron District
The Lobby Bar

A 21st Century hotel haunt, the hipster chic Ace Hotel's Lobby Bar is an immensely popular gathering place for hotel guests, most of whom work in creative industries and have titles like "Director of Media Strategy and Ideation," as well as the...  Read More

West Village

There's dance parties in Manhattan. And then there's the Sunday night dance party in The Ballroom of the Jane Hotel. Now home to one of the hottest parties in town, this spot used to be a haven for sailors looking for a place to rest their weary...  Read More


The James Hotel, a sleek SoHo luxury hotel with a sister property on Chicago's Magnificent Mile, has one of the hottest rooftop bars in the city. The adorably named Jimmy (get it?) holds approximately 80 people, but it certainly feels larger...  Read More


Meet Andrea Wien

Andrea Wien was bitten by the travel bug from an early age, and has lived in New York, Seattle, Cleveland and Sydney, Australia since 2007.

When she's not traveling or planning a trip, you'll...  More About Andrea

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