Salon de Ning
The Rose Bar, a velvet-heavy lounge filled with celebs and beautiful people, is still one of the coolest scenes in town -- a testament to the staying power of this super-trendy Ian Schrager-Julian Schnabel project. When our reporter stopped in for a drink, he ran into Sting. While we can't guarantee you'll bump into one of The Police, the Andy Warhols and Keith Harings will certainly bedeck the walls.
The Ace Hotel Lobby Bar
It's not your typical hotel bar; then again, this isn't your typical hotel. The Ace Hotel's lobby and lobby bar have become the place for New York's young, MacBook-toting tech set, and the organic comfort food, specialty cocktails, and high-end coffee the hip kids demand are on all available here. Grab a communal table, order an excellent lamb burger from the on-site restaurant, The Breslin, and strike up a conversation about Twitter with your table mates. You might just leave with a new round of venture capital funding.
It's the only swim-up bar in New York, and the dimly lit space would be one of the most sexy in the city even if most of the patrons weren't dripping wet. Pay with plastic -- or do what locals do and pack your cash in a Ziploc.
The Oak Room
Overlooking Grand Army Plaza on the southeast corner of Central Park, the Oak Room is almost as iconic as its parent hotel. Stick to the classics, and sip slow: that sidecar cocktail will cost you $19.