Nestled snugly between Greenwich and Washington Streets in the West Village, the Orient Express lies waiting to be discovered. Built within the shell of a former laundromat, the Orient is the newest themed transport bar in town and is showing signs of becoming a serious contender with other cocktail-specialist establishments. Everything within the Orient has been designed with the original locomotive as inspiration. Tables are uniformly laid out along a narrow corridor-like room with smoked glass windows, and gilded brass fittings. Oak style paneling compliments the sumptuous mahoganies of tables, whose shine mirrors light indescribably. From the swinging deco lights, to …continue reading
Modeled upon a 19th Century apothecary house, this subterranean-like bar is proving a popular addition to the class category of cocktail bars making a come-back in New York. With ornate ceilings, a hand-carved bar and antique curved seating, the bar has elements of Renaissance styling which ultimately adds to it’s theme. Cocktails are named after a diverse range of elixirs from Home Remedies, to Euphoric Enhancers, and each is designed with welfare properties in mind. The appropriately named Aphrodisiacs are a sublime combination of chocolate, cognac and champagne which if do nothing else, will give you a warm afterglow on those …continue reading
Located in the up-and-coming Hell’s Kitchen district, ‘Disiac is so well-concealed that many easily miss this Moroccan-inspired lounge situated just off Ninth Avenue. ‘Disiacs interior is a surprising burst of citrus colours, mosaic tables and comfortable corners with creeping vines and a chequer board bar to complete the look. The patio presents a welcome shaded spot in the height of summer, and signature cocktails are as refreshing as the spectrum of color. The Mint Cosmo Martini has become a trademark of this vibrant bar.
Conceptual minimalism was clearly the order of the day when it came to designing the long, narrow space now housing bespoke cocktail bar Ward III. With exposed brick walls, strategically placed leather banquets and an orderly line of bar stools, this airy bar is finished with a couple of ornate gilded mirrors lit up by candles for ultimate effect. The clear focal point of this atrium-like space is the bar itself where the real show begins. Manned by three of New York’s finest shaker-shifters, Ward III is geared toward those with an experimental palate. Hit them with your own recipe, or …continue reading
Beset within the heart of Manhattan, Essex House is celebrating a recent 90 million dollar refurbishment which has seen much of the hotel carefully restored to it’s opening glory of 1931. Renowned for it’s decadent interiors and gilded doors, the hotel has long been the luxury retreat for those seeking the very best in stylized accommodation. The primary bar at Essex House is known as South Gate, popular due to the views afforded across Central Park through floor-to-ceiling windows. Mosaic mirrored walls and glass wine cabinets comprise much of the furnishings within The Tavern, and semi-circular leather banquets add to the …continue reading