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Top 5 Hotel Bars

 
You can take your dad to the Oak Room or to Bemelmans Bar. But for, say, a rendezvous or an anniversary, you need a place like these five: something less Gibson, more Cosmopolitan.
 
It's gospel: The Church Lounge at the Tribeca Grand Hotel.
 

1. Hudson Bar
A sea of overstuffed leather club chairs, a glowing glass floor, a luminous ceiling mural: It's like a glossy Versace ad. Even if nobody from "Page Six" is around, you can sustain a fantasy that one will arrive any moment. (Hudson Hotel, 356 W. 58th St., 212-554-6343.)

2. M Bar
The Mansfield's clubbish lounge has a horseshoe-shaped bar to encourage flirting (it's a hotel, after all). Order a single-malt Scotch neat and caviar on ice. Live jazz on Wednesdays. (Mansfield Hotel, 12 West 44th Street; 212-277-8888.)

3. Library Bar
The Philippe Starck-via-Ian Schrager design is supposed to feel like you're in a British manor-well-chosen books on the shelves, mahogany walls. But how many libraries have flat-panel monitors playing music videos and movies? (Paramount Hotel, 235 West 46th Street; 212-764-5500.)

4. Round Bar
After a couple of drinks, this tiny, cylindrical room starts to feel like an amusement-park ride (the one that spins while you stick to the walls). So go slow on the seriously strong, expertly prepared martinis. (Royalton Hotel, 44 West 44th Street; 212-944-8844.)

5. Church Lounge
Mellow on weeknights, crowded on weekends, it's an excellent meeting spot for before a party or dinner. Try one of the Seven Deadly Sins cocktails (Pride, Wrath, etc.). (Tribeca Grand Hotel, 2 Sixth Avenue; 212-519-6600.)


From the February 25, 2002 issue of New York Magazine.

 

 
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