Mon-Thu, 5pm-10pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-3am; Sun, closed
5pm-7pm; two-for-one drinks
6 at 51st St.; E, M at Lexington Ave.-53rd St.; 4, 5, 6, 7, S at Grand Central-42nd St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
No need to scale a fence to replicate the illicit pool party in Kids. Just stroll past the lobby of Grace Hotel (formerly Hotel QT) into a narrow bar that amounts to a Park City spa in miniature with its blonde-wood walls and ceilings, pillow-dotted velveteen banquettes, and fluorescent amber glow. With a sweet elderflower margarita in hand, you can then climb a few steps to a boxy room where ample bleachers overlook couples frolicking in a small underlit pool while episodes of Miami Vice play on a projection screen and D.J.’s from outfits like Giant Step and Touch of Class spin. Should the chlorine smell kill your buzz, climb a few more steps to the mezzanine, grab a spritzy glass of champagne at the second bar, and roll your Eames chair over the modernist striped carpet and up to one of the semi-circular booths under the purple-tinged skylights. Though they offer a nice bird’s eye view of the action, the steam room and sauna are better for your detox tomorrow than they are for your imbibing tonight.Dress Tips
Bikinis are sold at the front desk; towels are provided for patrons; robes are provided for hotel guests.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.