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
Tucked away in a 19th Century building just shy of Union Square, Flatiron Lounge presents the laid back alternative to the bustling branded bars frequented by the young and hip. Inspired by the sophistication of the art-deco movement, and the secluded charm of an old speakeasy; the Flatiron Lounge offers a chic vintage appeal – complete with enclosed booths and cozy nooks. Renowned for it’s high-end one-of-a-kind cocktails, Flatiron encourages guests to experiment with the experimental. Try a Vesper Cotillion, a blend of vodka and gin sure to knock your socks off.
Not to be confused with the Whitehorse in Bridge Street; the wood-fronted White Horse Tavern in the West Village really is the last of a kind. Known to locals as the former haunt of Bob Dylan, the Tavern has the old-world appeal of a wild west bar. The wooden theme continues throughout with ornately carved ceilings, the odd grandfather clock and an intricately worked bar, coupled with a plenitude of old framed prints. The bar dates back to the late 1800′s, and is probably one of the most casual of the “old bars” in New York. The crowd is a healthy …continue reading
Occupying a conspicuous corner spot near Gramercy Park, Pete’s Tavern is fairly hard to miss. With a history stretching back to 1864, Pete’s remains the only continuously operated bar since that time, and has never been closed. The tavern’s fascinating heritage has been largely helped by one particular regular whom frequented the bar on an almost daily basis. Literary great William Sydney Porter (better known as O.Henry) wrote his 1902 epic “Gift of The Magi” from a coveted booth position overlooking Irving Place. The bar has also featured greatly within several well-known movies and television dramas including: Sex and The City, …continue reading
Named in commemoration of commissioned artist Ludvig Bemelman, this elegant piano bar was always going to be the defining legacy of The Carlyle. The 80-year old hotel located on the Upper East Side has been an architectural marvel since it’s opening in 1930, and a residency for world leaders, ambassadors and the elite. Overlooking the spectacular verdant space of Central Park, the hotel affords some of the most beautiful panoramic views over the landscapes, and sets a precedent when it comes to luxury.
Bemelman’s Bar is sumptuously decorated in the art-deco style complete with smoky glass tables, leather upholstering and “leg-up” high …continue reading