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. 

Mr. Purple is the perfect example of a hotel bar that's all grown-up. Unlike the hotel bars of yore, visitors sip specialty cocktails and lounge around the rooftop pool while gazing out over Manhattan's gleaming buildings.

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. For a dose of nostalgia, head to 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. 

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 luxurious Gramercy Park Hotel has an unparalleled location next to 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 fancy Standard Hotel, Andre Balazs's hedonistic playground in Manhattan's Meatpacking District, has five bars and restaurants, including Le Bain (also on this list). Unlike the club feel upstairs, the humble Biergarten is an open-air space...  Read More

Flatiron District
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



Cross the river into Brooklyn and take in the gorgeous 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...  Read More

Lower East Side
Mr. Purple


Positioned high above the city on the Indigo Hotel's 15th floor, Mr. Purple is located on the bumping Lower East Side. Spanning 6,000 square feet and a rooftop pool, the space is reminiscent of an artist's loft, with low-hanging lights and...  Read More

Westlight at The William Vale Hotel
Photo courtesy of William Vale


Perched 22 stories high on the rooftop of The William Vale hotel is Westlight, a chic, swanky joint in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Though it'll cost you a pretty penny to pass the time here, you're paying not just for the drinks, but also for the...  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.

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