48 Lounge

Bars , Lounges Midtown West
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Forty Eight
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
Forty Eight
Forty Eight
Photograph: Lizz Kuehl
Forty Eight
Forty Eight

Despite the lavish setting and expense-account menu, this extravagant cocktail lounge is so surprisingly welcoming, it’s easy to forget you can’t afford it. The drinks deliver: A sugar-free Steve Collins is pleasantly bitter (though it is stevia-sweetened), combining Bombay Sapphire, citrus juices and ginger over crushed ice. The French Forty Eight defies its froufrou fixings (Hendrick’s gin, ginger liqueur, Roederer champagne and strawberries), adding up to a balanced treat. While there’s plenty here to make us skeptical—the prices, the buttoned-up crowd—the place turns out to be a New York paradox: a destination cocktail lounge in midtown.

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48 Lounge says
48 Lounge, the Award Winning flagship location of City Nights Hospitality, located in the heart of Midtown NYC, is a Premium Cocktail Lounge and Multi-Faceted Event Venue. Known for elevated service and premium product, 48 Lounge creates the ideal atmosphere for you and your guest's VIP experience!
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Venue name: 48 Lounge
Address: 1221 Avenue of the Americas
New York
Cross street: at 48th St
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 4pm–2am; Fri 4pm–3:30am; Sat 6pm–3:30am
Transport: Subway: B, D, F to 47–50th Sts–Rockefeller Ctr
Price: Average cocktail: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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3.3 / 5

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It's a nice hotel lounge type bar if you're looking for an easily accessible bar. Since I was there for an event, I didn't gauge the typical prices of the drinks but I'm sure they're pricey at any bar in Times Square. The floor was awkwardly sticky, as expected with people spilling their drinks and whatnot but I would have expected that at your local bar and not in what would seem like more a posh lounge.

Julie S

Midtown Manhattan is full of after work watering holes where you can quench your thirst and forget your troubles. If you want a place to do all that with a little class, get yourself over to 48 Lounge. This place is perfect for private parties as well. Besides great cocktails, they have a pretty extensive food menu with snacks like tater tots, truffle mac and cheese, pizza, meatballs, and miso pulled pork sliders. Service is a little slow at times if you are standing at the bar, so patience is a virtue. Once you have a sip of your fantastic lychee martini, all will be forgotten.

Maddy M

48 Lounge is tucked away in cramped midtown with a spacious, upscale vibe. The only thing better than its leg room is its food (their partner is Blue Ribbon!) It's the perfect pre or post-show spot for a drink, but you may feel out of place in jeans and sneakers. But who wears those in New York anyways?