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14 Luxurious Bars in New York City

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07/01/2019 Relax in luxury at some of the classiest top-notch bars in New York City.

If you're in New York City and are looking for a classy place to drink at tonight, then these are the places that offer luxury like nowhere else. Enjoy the ambience, view, and service at these elite bars. 

King Cole Bar:

King_Cole_Bar_NYCFor more than a century, The St. Regis New York has stood as an emblem of style and sophistication in the heart of Manhattan. The hotel’s world-renowned King Cole Bar remains one of the city’s most elite cocktail lounges. Enjoy an aperitif in this legendary society club where the Bloody Mary, here known as Red Snapper first landed in America and was perfected. Maxfield Parrish’s masterpiece King Cole mural keeps watch on hotel guests and knowledgeable New Yorkers. 

Bemelmans Bar:

Bemelmans_Bar_NYCNamed in honor of Ludwig Bemelmans, the creator of the classic Madeline children’s books, Bemelmans Bar is a timeless location that continues to attract socialites, politicians, movie stars and moguls with its extensive drink menu and nightly live entertainment. The bar maintains its Art Deco legacy with chocolate-brown leather banquettes, nickel-trimmed black glass table tops, a dramatic black granite bar, and a 24-karat gold leaf-covered ceiling.

NoMad Bar:

NoMad_BAr_NYCThe NoMad Bar radiates the conviviality and warmth of a classic New York City tavern. The casual menu, which draws inspiration from traditional pub fare, is rooted in the style and foundation of The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park. Here, for example, the NoMad's famed chicken for two is re-introduced as a chicken pot pie, replete with black truffles and foie grass. Award-winning Bar Director Leo Robitschek has created a beverage program that celebrates classically-focused cocktails, while delving into two new arenas: festive, large-format drinks and a selection of reserve cocktails crafted with rare spirits. An extensive selection of both approachable and sought-after wines and beers are available as well.

Lantern's Keep:

Lanterns_Keep_NYCLantern’s Keep is devoted to the artful enjoyment of cocktails, as displayed by these turn-of-the-century aficionados. A hidden gem tucked behind the refined lobby of the Iroquois, Lantern’s Keep is not a lobby lounge or a mere cocktail bar in NYC – it is a unique entity in its own right, serving a carefully selected slate of creative and inspired drinks in an intimate, exclusive environment. Each of the Lantern’s Keep bartenders brings his or her own personal style and experience behind some of the best bars in Midtown to cater to even the most experienced cocktail experts.

The Campbell:

The_cAMPBELL_nycGerber Group’s selection of classic and modern cocktails, that highlight fresh ingredients, wines, and locally brewed craft beers, are complemented by a menu of elevated bar fare and lunch specialties, including small plates, soups, salads and sandwiches. The Campbell provides three unique experiences: The Campbell Bar, the timeless office thoughtfully curated with updated quartzite accents, bold brass finishes and custom wood, mohair and leather furnishings in rich hunter green, midnight blue and red tones; The Campbell showcases many of the thirteenth century Florentine-inspired design intricacies that upheld its legendary allure, including soaring, 25-foot hand painted ceilings, a grand  stone fireplace, Campbell’s personal steel safe, a century-old leaded glass window and original millwork.

The Press Lounge:

tHE_pRESS_lounge_NYCThe Press Lounge offers some of Manhattan’s most beautiful and dramatic panoramic views. Refined elegance comes in subtle luxuries: a glass-walled interior space, seasonal cocktails, an extensive wine list, seasonally inspired small plates and informed and welcoming service. owned and operated by Adam Block. 

Mr. Purple:

Mr. Purple_NYCMr. Purple, a rooftop bar and restaurant located on the 15th floor of Hotel Indigo Lower East Side, captures the vibrant and artistic spirit of the LES. Designed by internationally acclaimed design firm Crème Design, space recreates an artist-loft ambiance with indoor and outdoor areas displayed through the use of reclaimed wood structures, juxtaposed with concrete, metal, free hanging lights, and contemporary wooden furniture. The bar menu features an expansive collection of small-batch spirits, regionally brewed craft beers, universal wine offerings and a rotating selection of Gerber Group's classic and modern cocktails that highlight market fresh ingredients. 

Monarch Rooftop Bar:

Monarch_Rooftop_Bar_NYCMonarch Rooftop Bar & Indoor Lounge 5,000 square feet of “your new favorite place,” hundreds of feet above West 35th Street in Herald Square. rooftop lounge offers both a corporate and social atmosphere, specializing in refreshing specialty cocktails, delicious bites, unbeatable views Step through the sliding floor-to-ceiling glass doors for drinks and apps after work or a private event during the day, Inside Monarch, surround yourself with vintage bricks, white wood panels on the walls, custom Terrazzo tiles. Enjoy drinks and food without spending a fortune. For a great time in a beautiful club, Monarch is the place to be.

Brandy Library:

The_Brandy_Library_NYCOpen since 2004 in the heart of TriBeCa, Brandy Library is not only an Institution of fine Drinking Downtown but also THE (brown) spirits Lovers' destination of choice in New York City. this orange-hued parlor for devotees of sophisticated spirits, where a playlist of old, tinny jazz, Frank Sinatra, and bossa nova conjures a cloud of pre-revolutionary Cuba.

Bar Hugo:

Bar_Hugo_NYCFeaturing dramatic views of the Hudson River, Freedom Tower, and Statue of Liberty, Hotel Hugo’s rooftop duplex bar and lounge sparkles like a bronze lantern atop a soaring, 20-story tower. Blending miles of glass with concrete, chrome, and luxurious leather finishes, this strikingly designed two-level space dazzles with hand-crafted cocktails and a constellation of blown-glass pendants that seemingly float in the air. 

The Top of the Standard:

Top_of_the_Standard_NYCWith dramatic city views that turn magical at sundown, the glittering room of late-night lore is equally alive during Sunset Service at The Top of the Standard. In the afternoon, welcome guests for tea and drinks amid spectacular sunlit views. In the evening, live jazz music, a small-plate menu, and specialty cocktails turn the room into the city's most sophisticated supper lounge. The dress code is smart casual attire focusing on well-tailored and fitted clothing with the appropriate footwear. 

Rose Bar:

Rose_Bar_NYCServing as both a hotspot for the city's most fashionable, talked about events and a low-key escape for A-listers looking for a quiet cocktail, Manhattan's most prominent tastemakers flock to the exclusive Rose Bar. It is home to Fashion Week after-parties, private film screenings, press events and on any given night, Rose Bar’s live music programming and world-renowned DJs spinning their custom playlists. The bar provides a welcoming space all its own. With views of residential Lexington Avenue, velvet-upholstered seating areas, verdant walls and, like the adjacent Rose Bar, stunning works of modern art, the Jade Bar offers a calming, intimate spot for guests to enjoy coffee and breakfast at the start of their day.

Flora Bar:

Flora_Bar_NYCFlora Bar is the third restaurant from chef Ignacio Mattos. Inside the Met Breuer, a landmarked building in the Brutalist style, the restaurant caters to a wide range of guests, from those who want a simple bite after seeing the art to those who visit specifically to have a meal here, Flora was named one of the city’s best new restaurants by the New York Times, and New York Magazine calls it the best restaurant on the Upper East Side.

Bar 54:

Bar_54_NYCBar 54 serves up trendy handcrafted cocktails from hotel’s 54th floor, offering breath-taking river-to-river views of the Chrysler Building and lower Manhattan. The tallest rooftop bar in Times Square provides a standout environment for enjoying delicious mixed drinks, fine wines, and light gourmet fare after a long day of working or sightseeing around town. 

 

About the Bartender Spirits Awards

The Bartender Spirits Awards will take place in San Francisco on May 19-20, 2019. This event will become one of the most unique spirits competition within the United States judged entirely by top bartenders within the industry. The aim of the new competition is to provide independent and honest reviews for brands targeting the U.S. bar trade. The judging panel consists of some of the most renowned names in the U.S. bar industry, all of them with extensive expertise within the on-premise industry. Using the tagline “Judged By Bartenders, Bar Managers and Off-Premise Managers For The On-Premise Industry,” the Bartender Spirits Awards will recognize, encourage, promote and celebrate excellence in the U.S. drinks industry.

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