Aside from a mid-February tropical getaway, few remedies can treat the winter blues quite like a superbly mixed cocktail enjoyed in a plush leather seat by a warm, crackling fire. Though New York City might be facing another month or so of gloomy winter weather, many of its hotel bars offer such a respite. From Midtown to the Bowery, here are our top picks for Manhattan’s most inviting and ambient hotel bars with fireplaces.
1. The Lobby Bar, The Bowery Hotel
A hunting lodge ambience meets Jazz Age glam in the lobby bar of the Bowery Hotel. This hip East Village hideaway features dark-wood paneling, Persian rugs, velvety couches and bar stools, and an oversize fireplace. It's a prime spot for a wintry respite.
2. Rose Bar, Gramercy Park Hotel
A place to see and be seen, this swanky Gramercy hot spot—which often hosts live musical performances and DJ sets—beckons wintertime visitors with its walnut bar, silk velvet banquette, Douglas fir columns, and, of course, its hand-carved limestone fireplace. The Rose Bar is also known for its custom-designed furniture by artist Julian Schnabel and its impressive rotating collection of 20th-century art.
3. Lantern’s Keep, Iroquois Hotel
Classic meets cozy in this intimate, wood-paneled cocktail bar, nestled behind the lobby of the historic Iroquois Hotel. Grab a table next to the fireplace and order up a signature cocktail, like a Clean Shave (gin, Aquavit, Campari, lemon, and cayenne) or a Harvest Sour (rye, applejack brandy, lemon, and egg white).
4. The Jane Ballroom, The Jane Hotel
Theater buffs know the bustling Jane Ballroom as the birthplace of the cutting-edge rock musical "Hedwig and the Angry Inch." This luxe bar and lounge by Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode is also famous for its late-night dance parties—and the long line in which one must wait in order to partake. However, those looking to simply enjoy a cocktail in the sweeping, sumptuously furnished space can arrive early in the evening and easily snag a seat by the fire.
5. Upstairs, The Kimberly Hotel
Comfort food, craft cocktails, and panoramic city views draw visitors to the year-round rooftop bar at Midtown’s Kimberly Hotel. Located 30 stories above Manhattan, this ultra-modern, Frank Denner–designed oasis boasts such menu items as Spiced Duck Cigars and Baby Lamb Lollipops and features a list of specialty beverages by Alex Ott.
6. The Lambs Club, The Chatwal, A Luxury Collection Hotel
Home to a fully restored 18th-century French limestone fireplace, this Art Deco–inspired bar and eatery in Midtown West is a destination for classic American dishes and flavorful signature cocktails. On select weeknights, the Lambs Club features a rotating program of DJs.
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