The Living Room at the W

Bars , Hotel bars Midtown West
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The Living Room at the W

Today’s tourist-congested Times Square is hardly synonymous with chic cocktail bars, but this $10 million revamp of the W Times Square’s lobby bar—spearheaded by restaurant guru Matt Levine (Chalk Point Kitchen, the Handy Liquor Bar)—is looking to change that. The 40-foot bar taps into the hub’s storied history: An entryway is flanked with smoked bronze glass and velvet fabrics recalling the grand theaters that populated the area in the 1920s; a brass-dichroic glass “DJ ball” pays homage to the square’s annual New Year’s Eve tradition; and an expansive mural depicts the colorful characters who have populated the crossroads over time, from the showgirls of the ’60s to the New Wave teens of the ’80s. The Handy Liquor Bar drinksman Albert Depompeis created Gotham-nodding cocktails like the Sunset Park Mule (Herradura reposado, ginger beer), the Rush Hour SideCar (Rémy Martin, blood orange) and the bourbon-grapefruit Washington Heights Manhattan, splashed with habanero vermouth and hopped grapefruit bitters

Venue name: The Living Room at the W
Address: W Times Square, 1567 Broadway, seventh floor
New York
Cross street: at 47th St
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 11am–2am; Thu–Sat 11am–3am
Transport: Subway: N, R, W to 49th St; 1 to 50th St
Price: Average drink: $16
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Joel M

Not a bad option for a pre-theater drink. Service is quick and they know their classic cocktails. Still, can get very noisy and you have to be a fan of garish fitouts.

Nicole G

They did a great job renovating this place! The feel is as if you were inside the ball for NYE. I love the books for working and getting a coffee. It could use some windows but you can change everything. It keeps ground level tourists away from the guest space. I'm a fan.