|Venue name:||The Rum House|
228 W 47th St
|Cross street:||between Seventh and Eighth Aves|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11am–4am|
|Transport:||Subway: N, Q, R to 49th St|
|Price:||Average drink: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|
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In 2009, this rakish, 1970s-vintage piano bar in the Edison Hotel looked destined to go the way of the 99¢ peep show. But the team behind Tribeca mixology den Ward III ushered in a second act, introducing some key upgrades (including serious cocktails) while maintaining the charmingly offbeat flavor of the place. Forget you're a stone's throw from Times Square while listening to nightly live jazz acts and sipping dark-spirit–heavy tipples, such as a funky old-fashioned riff that showcases the rich, tropical complexity of Banks 5 Island Rum. Those who suffer the cruel fate of being in Times Square on a weekend morning can console themselves with a range of six Bloody Marys (noon–5pm).