The Copper Room
55 Little West 12th St.
Copper is, in a way, “inside” of brass, an alloy of zinc and the reddish-orange metal. This basic chemical fact is surely not lost on the proprietors here: The Copper Room is actually located within the Brass Monkey, a Meatpacking bar that opened in 2004. The place is something of an inner sanctum connected by a single hallway to its host; Inside, the tungsten glow of Edison bulbs reflects off the eponymous metal paneling the walls, giving off just enough light to read the list of 95 bottled beers, mostly imports. For those with homegrown tastes, the bar pulls a solid selection of regional pints. The respectable cocktail menu runs the gamut from fruity and floral to dark and complex. The room’s salvaged materials and exposed brick nod to the neighborhood’s industrial past—there’s nary a bit of black leather or reflective glitz in sight. Patrons reserve tables almost every night, but the Copper Room boasts an upper-level as large as its ground floor where a Meatpacking crowd of expats and young professionals schmooze and drink into the night.