There is nothing better than a glass of red or a Negroni next to a roaring fireplace, but in NYC, the trick is finding the bars that accommodate this.
Many of the best are found in hotel lobbies, but I can’t think of a better place to people watch and soak up the winter atmosphere NYC does so well.
Here are a few of my favourites:
Bowery Hotel Lobby Bar:
This trendy East Village Art deco inspired Hotel has a real, roaring fireplace in the lobby in cold months, making it the best time to visit this hip hangout. Th are Moroccan riles, elegantly and deliberately mismatched intriguing furniture pieces, And yes you can grab a drink there, but be early as it gets crowded and hotel guests are given priority.
Known as “EO” to locals, this trendy West Village Bar is so discreet you could actually not see it from the outside. The art deco fireplace is at the back, and provides more of a backdrop than a place to sit and day dream. A sensational cocktail list and über cool crowd, don’t miss this one – or the fortune teller in residence.
The Polo Bar:
I have written about this fabulous club-like establishment before, but at the back is a roaring fire, and the right gold gilded green and mahogany setting is opulent and calming when ti is storming outside. Too much to choose from on the classic American menu.
Gramercy Park Hotel:
This is NYC elegance at its very best. The lobby of this Ian Schrager hotel is fragranced by Le Labo and there are two fireplaces, one in the lobby and one in The Rose Bar. The Rose Bar is the deftinion of discretion, with plush velvet seating and a delicious menu for both snacks and cocktails.
Lobby Bar, Ludlow Hotel:
This spacious, elegant, vintage meets contemporary lobby on the lower east side has a roaring limestone fireplace and large couches to cuddle up and settle in. It has a homey vibe, as well as a gorgeous list of winter cocktails to keep you well and truly happy.
Another spectacularly glossy Ian Schrager delight, with a fireplace in the grand Deigo lounge. A design feat with Mexican inspired cocktails to match – this is NYC chic darlings.
The Standard, Highline:
This uber modern, trendy hotel still holds its own. The sky-high lounge on the 18th floor has two fire places, but in winter you need to book to get anywhere near them. There is live jazz from 4pm-9pm.
The Flat Iron Room, Flat Iron:
There are nightly jazz performances here, as well as over 1000 whiskeys on the shelves. The setting is rugged, with traditional old floorboards lining the floors, and moody lighting. Great snack menu.
Art Bar, West Village:
This casual, Bohemian bar has a roaring fire place ta the back, and walls crammed with fabulous and rotating art works. There is a juke box, and a vibe that makes you feel as if you could check in here for a long night.
Union Hall, Parkslope:
This spacious two level establishment has a flickering stone fireplace surrounded by comfy chairs and a couch perfect for a late night cuddle with your beau.