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Drink Like Don Draper At These 6 Manhattan Hotel Bars

April 5, 2013 at 1:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's no secret that Mad Men has inspired a nationwide renaissance of classic, American-inspired cocktails (heck, AMC even dedicated an entire webpage to cocktails featured on the show). In honor of the two-hour season premier this Sunday, we've gone ahead and compiled a list of the top Manhattan hotel bars serving Mad Men-inspired drinks. Whom you invite back up to your hotel room afterward is entirely up to you.

One of our favorite chi-chi hideouts in New York is The Peninsula, whose second-floor Gotham Lounge offers seven different martinis. Alternatively, show off your insider knowledge and ask for the Ning Sling ($24, pictured), which consists of Absolut Mandarin, Soho Lychee liqueur, lychee and passion fruit juices, and fresh mint leaves—the drink is so exclusive, it isn't even listed on the menu.

Five more cocktails after the jump!

The Roosevelt, where Don Draper lived during season two, is celebrating with a season six viewing party on Sunday April 7 (7-11pm). Show up at the lobby-level Madison Club Lounge at 7pm for free Makers Mark and Canadian Club whiskey tastings, an hour-long happy hour with $8-$10 cocktails (plus $6 select beer and wine), a Mad Men costume contest, and, of course, a screening of the highly-anticipated two-hour season premier.

Meanwhile, the Bar Downstairs at Andaz 5th Avenue recently rolled out a new cocktail list including a drink we think would most certainly pique the curiosity of ol' Dick Whitman: the Scarlet Rum Old Fashioned ($15) made with Flor de Caña rum, Demerara syrup, Scarlet Ibis rum, Clear Creek Pear liqueur, and Angostura bitters. The entire cocktail menu is worth a read, though, as it features such fancifully-named beverages as "Neither Rain, Nor Sleet, Nor Snow," "Complicated Handshake," and "From Oz with Love" (all $15).

Soho boozers should hit up Jimmy at The James Hotel, where mixologist Johnny Swet pays homage to the 1960s with cocktails like Martinis, Manhattans, Old Fashioneds, Gibsons, and Tom Collins'. For an updated version of a classic, try the Strawberry and Rhubarb Collins ($17, pictured), a lip-smacking blend of vodka, simple syrup, soda, lemon juice, fresh muddled strawberries, and 4 dashes of rhubarb bitters. This particular cocktail was popular among women of the era—Joanie and Peggy fans, we're looking at you!

OK, OK, The Wythe Hotel isn't technically in Manhattan, but its sixth-floor rooftop bar, The Ides, would have been right up Don Draper's alley (especially for those afternoon trysts!): leather booths lining the walls, white mosaic tiled floors, and spectacular views of Williamsburg. Sip on a retro-inspired cocktail like the Smokey Martini ($13), made with Plymouth Gin, Islay Scotch, Vermouth, and an olive, or try a classic Dark & Stormy ($11) and find a good friend to brood over Sunday's episode with—judging from all the hype, there ought to be plenty to talk about!

Real Mad Men fans will want to hit up The Eventi Hotel this spring, as the hotel's second floor restaurant, Humphrey, will be hosting Mad Men Sundays for the duration of the series. The weekly event, which runs from 9-11pm, will feature themed drinks like The Don Draper (Canadian Club, peach syrup and bitter), all priced at a reasonable $9.

[Photos: Peninsula New York; Roosevelt Hotel; James Hotel; HotelChatter]

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