The best new hotel bars: The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel
Tue Dec 15 2009
335 Bowery at 3rd St (212-505-9100). Subway: 6 to Astor Pl. Mon--Thu, Sun 6pm--2am; Fri, Sat 6pm--4am. Average cocktail: $16.
The Bowery Hotel’s ornate lobby bar, from veteran hoteliers Eric Goode and Sean MacPherson (both of the Maritime Hotel), is among the city’s most inviting settings for a drink. Plush velvet couches and chairs, Middle Eastern tilework, Turkish rugs and the green sprays of palm leaves share space with dark, wood-paneled walls sporting antlers and paintings of hounds. The combined effect falls between an officer’s club in the colonial Far East and an aristocrat’s hunting lodge in the British countryside. The luxurious decor is a throwback to the grand hotel bars of yesteryear, except unlike many of those stalwarts still operating in New York today, the bartenders here can mix a decent (albeit pricey) drink. We were especially partial to the namesake Bowery Cocktail ($18), an aromatic concoction that layered Bulldog gin with the sweet-spiced flavor of Dubonnet and a splash of celebratory champagne. The absinthe-based Dutch Courage ($16), meanwhile, is sure to please licorice lovers with its anise notes and fresh muddled mint. Unfortunately, only hotel guests can order food from the adjacent Gemma restaurant in the bar area, though perhaps a skilled negotiator can convince someone to bend the rules—a tactic you may have to employ to score seats on the lovely heated back patio, also reserved for guests only.
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