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It's no secret we're big fans of the hotel bar. Given a couple hours free, we're happy to spend them sat on a leather stool, whisky in hand, making small talk with the bartender. Yeah, we get a little chatty with a few Jack Daniels in us...
So, what about you?
Ah, Wall Street. Home of insatiable money-makers, unforgiving protesters, and a handful of Hudson Valley farmers. If ever there was a street that required a specific holiday dedicated to consuming large quantities of alcohol, this would be it.
Repeal Day commemorates the end of Prohibition in 1933—it's the only US holiday to celebrate a law—and falls on the fifth of December. Once a year, Americans can savor how good it feels to drink freely in public. And next Monday, the fine folks at Andaz Wall Street will be throwing a Repeal Day party, complete with free punch and half-off Beefeater cocktails.
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Late last week, we got to check out one of the hottest new joints to hit Manhattan's Lower East Side: the Viktor & Spoils taqueria and tequila bar, located adjacent to the lobby at The Hotel On Rivington. Flushed from a few too many sips of the Central Park Swizzle (Rum Zacapa, lime, grapefruit, sugar, crushed ice, $14), our favorite of the night, we headed off to the bathroom.
Once inside, we had to blink and rub our eyes to make sure what we were seeing was correct: the walls had been plastered with actual Mexican peso notes, covering the room from floor to ceiling like strips of wallpaper. Compared to the larger but more sober bathrooms at CO-OP next door, this little bank note temple perfectly captured the excess and merriment of a tequila bar. At least, just enough to make us order yet another $14 flight.
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Sad to say, but summer fun—and with it, DJ parties, al fresco dining and outdoor weddings—at Forty 1 North has come to an end. Though we stopped by the hotel during uncharacteristically warm low 60s weather, the three outdoor spaces (Pavilion Deck, Gallery and Courtyard, all located below the lobby) are pretty much out done for the season.
But! Don't let that stop you from a panoramic long weekend in New England's prettiest oceanfront town, Newport, Rhode Island. The LEED-certified hotel, which opened in summer 2010, has found a way to balance that colonial, harbor town feel with a kind of Morgans-esque beauty that feels more state-of-the-art than other properties in the area. Small details, like Italian glass tiles on the floor and pillars, and inlaid wood pieces in the Oval Bar, make the lobby scenic in its own right. And that's before the sun even sets...
It's not everyday that award-winning mixologist Christy Pope, famous from stints at NYC bars like Milk & Honey and Little Branch, whips up a cocktail just for you. But that was the whole idea behind a cocktail tasting we went to earlier this week, at none other than Omni Berkshire Place. The entire US chain is launching a new "Home Grown Cocktails" menu, featuring locally-inspired recipes created just for Omni by a few of America's "celebrity" bartenders.
Five master mixologists have been assigned to different regions of the country (Pope is in charge of Omni's eight Northeast hotels), and they are even mixing a little history into their drinks. If you're as lucky as we were, you might even get to hear a few stories as they whip you up a stiff one.
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Folks at The Chatwal (now a Luxury Collection hotel) are so excited about the season five premier of Mad Men, they've gone ahead and launched a brand spankin' new Mad Men luxury package for guests—despite the fact that episodes won't even hit the airwaves until mid-March 2012.
Controversy surrounding the new season has been circulating for a while now, and it was only two weeks ago that the official production schedule get released. So filming starts today. But in as little as three weeks, future Chatwal guests will start enjoying Old-Fashions and 90-minute massages as part of the package.
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It was 4:58am this past Saturday morning—late Friday night, whatever you want to call it—and a Mundelein, IL, local was hungry. So he did what every other red-blooded, stumbling-drunk opportunist would do at five in the morning: break into a nearby Renaissance banquet hall and raid the kitchen.
While we've never done anything like this (well, at least not at a Renaissance—this is New York, after all, so inevitably there's always better grub to chase), we can see how the allure of an empty banquet hall kitchen's refrigerator, on a hot summer night, would be a literal beacon in the night. What is unclear is how the suspect, Michael Young, actually ended up inside the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel And Convention Center, a forty-five minute drive from his hometown.
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If you had to name one essential component of a Presidential Suite, what would it be? A dining room table? Piano? Great views? According to The Surrey, it would have to be a graffiti-covered leather chaise lounge with detailed instructions on how to make a Manhattan cocktail.
Stashed away on the fourteenth floor, the Surrey's $7,000-a-night Presidential Suite is not the kind of room you sit around and play cards in. With its huge terrace, baby grand piano, and separate kitchen, the space was simply built for lavish parties straight out of a Fitzgerald novel. And in the event you should forget how to prepare Manhattan's eponymous cocktail, the recipe is conveniently written onto the furniture.
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Last week, we did our best to present the best of New York City's hotel rooftop bars (and some non-rooftop spaces as well). But this being New York, there were inevitably a few we couldn't quite get to. And, we don't want anyone—are you listening, Alan Philips?—feeling left out. So, without further ado, here is our supplement to the Top Ten Hotel Rooftop Bars in New York City, part deux.
It's that time of year again--hotel rooftop season!
Remember all those places we mentioned last year? Forget about 'em. There's a new batch of bars to try.
We've sorted through all the outdoor hotel bars that New York City has to offer, and organized them into a comprehensive, best-of list. We admit that some of them aren't actually on the roof—but as long as there's fresh air and an empty seat, who's complaining?
If you feel we've left out one of your favorites, let us know which ones in the comments below!
· Gansevoort Park Rooftop—It was almost a year ago that we first introduced photos of the Gansevoort Park's 3-tier pool deck and lounge area—aptly named the Gansevoort Park Rooftop—which borrows its design from Plunge, its Meatpacking District sister bar. Killer skyline views, outdoor fireplaces, and regular DJ nights define the 20,000 square foot pleasure palace, which sits 20 stories above the lobby and offers an express elevator straight up from Park Avenue South.
What you'll get: enjoy DJs from around the world by the naughty lady pool.