As the night progressed, the bar filled up, with both professionals and slightly bewildered looking tourists. We suppose we shouldn't be surprised: after-work hours in Midtown are always going to give you this bizarre mix of personalities--especially in a hotel bar.
If you're looking for a pretty spot to have a quick drink, the Bar on Fifth does the job. If you're looking for some place to settle in and stay for awhile, we suggest arriving early--between 5–6 p.m. like we did--so you can snag one of the cozy white lounge chairs in a corner or one of the comfortable leather bar stools.
As for the booze, there are seven signature cocktails for $16 each, and a long list of classic cocktails. We sampled the Empire from the signature list--Pierre Ferrand cognac, Cruzan Single Barrel Estate Rum, pear nectar and fresh lime juice. It was refreshing if not terribly exciting.
Beers average $7 each, and are served in those tall, thin beer glasses that always make us think we're about to spill it all over ourselves. (Nothing wrong with a mug or regular old pint glass--just sayin'.)
The wine list was robust, and our bartender knew his stuff, helping suggesting a dry white based on our friend's tastes.
By 7 p.m., we were ready to leave--partly due to the crowd closing in on us to place their orders at the bar. In retrospect, one of those corner couches might have been a better option for our girly catch-up, but we blame the suit-dorks, not the staff, for making our time perched at the bar less than ideal.
Have you been to the Bar on Fifth yet? Found a good time to drop by? Let us know in comments below.