Check In to New York's Hottest Hotel Bars

Emily Saladino

By , Local Expert, New York
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Sure, traveling can be exciting. Occasionally, it's even glamorous. But there are times when travel also verges on lonely, what with all the hurry-up-and-wait and countless hours passed in strange cities of foreign lands.

Enter the hotel bar. The perfect meeting place for those seeking a little socialization far from home, hotels' public spaces provide patrons a necessary port in the storm. And New York has no shortage of ports. With hundreds of hotels across these city streets, the Big Apple is a veritable variety pack of swank sleeps, budget brands and uber-chic boutiques. Naturally, each come equipped with bars to match....  Read more »

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    Bemelmans Bar

    A timeless spot for Old New York glamor, the Carlyle Hotel's posh Bemelmans Bar gets better with age.

    Local Expert Tip: "Rumor has it that Marilyn Monroe and John F. Kennedy once shared drinks at Bemelmans, but the tight-lipped staff prides itself on its discretion."

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    The Library Bar

    The Library Bar is an elegant yet inviting cocktail den located behind the critically acclaimed restaurant at the NoMad Hotel.

    Local Expert Tip: "Want to sample some of The NoMad restaurant's stellar cuisine? The bar snacks at The Library include several items from the restaurant menu, as well as standalone favorites like a ham and cheese pretzel sandwich."

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    This swanky rooftop bar at Soho's The James Hotel has impressive views of lower Manhattan and popular, potent cocktails.

    Local Expert Tip: "After 9:00 pm, bypass the scene in the hotel lobby and enter the bar at 15 Thompson Street."

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    MO Bar

    The Mandarin Oriental's signature bar is the perfect place for executives who want a Negroni with their negotiation.

    Local Expert Tip: "The Central Park views are better from the hotel lobby, so take a minute to take it in before hitting the elevator. "

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    The Library

    Cut from classic cloth, The Library brings old-fashioned luxury to the recently renovated Loews Regency Hotel.

    Local Expert Tip: "Want to burn off some of those bar snacks? Part of the hotel renovation includes a sparkling new, 1,700-square-foot fitness center, set to open in January 2014."

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    The coolest beer garden this side of Bavaria, the Standard Hotel's Biergarten takes fun seriously.

    Local Expert Tip: "The long wooden tables are perfect for chatting over beers and brats. The real action, though, takes place at the ping pong tables in the back. Game, set, match."

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    Blue Bar at the Algonquin Hotel

    A hotel bar with literary heritage, The Algonquin's Blue Bar is a historic stop for the smart set.

    Local Expert Tip: "Keep your eyes peeled for one very famous feline regular - since the 1930s, the Algonquin has kept a hotel cat that roams the lobby and public spaces. "

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    Upper Elm

    Rooftop lounge Upper Elm injects a major dose of big-city style to Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighborhood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Paul Liebrandt, the Michelin-starred chef creating fine French fare in the hotel's The Elm restaurant, also creates seasonal bar snacks for Upper Elm. Think chef-style spinach artichoke dip, and fondue with apples and crusty bread."

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    The Rose Bar and Jade Bar

    Julian Schnabel and Ian Schrager created these intimate boites in their hip Gramercy Park Hotel.

    Local Expert Tip: "Reservations are required for both bars after 9:00 pm. There is an electronic reservations system on the hotel website, or you can try calling the front desk to request the concierge."

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    The Lobby Bar

    The future is now at this painfully hip hotel haunt in Manhattan's Ace Hotel.

    Local Expert Tip: "Guest deejays and both local and international bands have regular sets in the Lobby Bar. Call the reception desk, or check the chalkboard near the 29th Street entrance, for nightly listings."



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