drink and chill in New York NYC

Since I spent last year in New York, several of my friends have asked me to share some trip ideas in New York.. There are so many things to do and most of them you can find in regular travel guides.. but let’s start with were you can celebrate life in NYC!

So here we go – THE BEST ROOFTOP BARS NYC.

As many of you know, I love rooftop bars – especially in New York with breathtaking views which make the little voice inside your head scream: OMG I can’t believe I’m here! Even if it is a mysteriously foggy evening like in the picture above
The best rooftop bars / chillout and party spots in New York:
230 fifth – yes it is both the name of the place and the address. they have outdoor rooftop and indoor lounge  so whatever the weather, night or day – you will love it! and so close to the Empire State building!

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The Empire Hotel Rooftop is a great place for jazz nights and summer brunch parties
PH-D Dream Hotel Downtown is one of the most special places with a view! Expensive? Yes! Worth it? Absolutely!
The Skyroom – one of the the affordable rooftops and it is in Midtown so it is easy to get to and has fabulous views

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The Boom Boom Room at the Standard Hotel is one of many great places to chill in the Meatpacking district. Fancy and bit expensive but again, you pay for the great ambiance and breathtaking view. Cocktails and the jazz band are great, interior is lavish and you feel like you are in a movie.

Jimmy in the James Hotel, Soho – is one of the rooftop bars with a pool so it is perfect for summer. It is on Thompson and Grand street. It is expensive, but great for one drink before or after dinner.

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Marriott Marquis which is located in the heart of the Times Square has a restaurant on the two top floors that rotates around so you can have a 360 view within an hour! If you dont want to splurge for a meal at this 5 start hotel – just go for a drink and enjoy the view!

SECRET BARS – SPEAKEASY BARS 

Sometimes the best places are hidden. Secret bars or speakeasy bars are great as they each have a special atmosphere and just finding the entrance can be quite a thrilling task. The drinks in these places are always pricey (15-20$ per drink or cocktail) but you pay for atmosphere. In my experience the two best speakeasy bars in NY are:

Raines law room is my favourite speakeasy bar. You ring the bell on the door on 48W 17th street and a handsome doorman will open the door, most likely it will be busy so he will take your number and call you when a table is available, usually withing 30min-1hour so meanwhile you can grab a bite at one of the nearby restaurants. I love the interior  it is elegant, sophisticated and when you are there – take a closer look at the wallpaper ;) Coctails are pricey – around 15usd but great place for a quite evening or date.

The Back Room at the Lower East Side is another hidden gem – and I really mean HIDDEN! It was fun and hard to find it in a deserted alley at 102 Norfolk street but so worth it with cocktails in tea cups and 20´s atmosphere. This charming bar is definitely a must see place in NYC! To give you a taster – here is a YouTube video I found with the misterious entrance.

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I have heard that the Angel´s Share hidden in a Japanese restaurant, Milk & Honey and Pleas Don’t Tell are great but I have not tried them yet.. Next time!

La Biblioteca is not a secret bar but somewhat a speakeasy launge in Midtown East. It is a sexy place with good happy hour margaritas and nice Latina and Asian food.

NIGHTCLUBS

When it come to clubs I was mostly going out in the meat packing district.
TenJune is pretty spacious, nothing really spacial but great for a night when you just want to dance. Music played there is usually mainstream music and hiphop.

Kiss& Fly, Cielo, SL, 1OAK, Provacateour and so on are on the list for you night out in Meatpacking District – there is literally a club on every step.

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Other clubs worth mentioning are:
Lavo – kind of European style and nice looking club.
Pacha – if you like house and electro -you will like it. I dont.
Club Cache is my favourite place to dance Bachata in Midtown New York an a Friday night. Thursdays are for Salsa – and salsa dancers there are really good (so if you dance Cuban salsa on 1 not on 2 – like me, you might feel a bit out of place).

Greenhouse is an eco-friendly club in SoHo. Had a great time dancing to hip hop, but you might want to have a table to better enjoy this place.

MORE BARS !!! cozy and unpretentious

3rd avenue from 24th street to around 34th street is full of bars and most of them have good happy hour offers. My definitely preferred the Arctica bar and their $4 watermelon happy hour cocktails. Although in US began my love affair with frozen margaritas in many different tastes and all the colours of rainbow. For great $4 frozen margaritas (I suggest passion fruit) go to upper west side rooftop bar which usually full of Columbia students as the university is nearby.

One of the best bars with chilled out ambiance is Surf Bar in Williamsburg  Brooklyn. It is a cozy indoor tiki bar with sand floor and surfboards all around and also an outdoor terrace in summer.

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Alphabet city is an are full of unpretentious cafes bars and restaurants. It is an neighborhood in the East Village where Avenue A, B and C is – hence Alphabet City. Sorry I do not remember any names of places, probably because the drinks were very cheap in this hip and bohemian part of the city.  I do remember cheap and good chicken wings and lots of fun and a sushi place that was open all night.

Wow -I have been to quite a few places for a drink (and these are just my favourites..). I am not an alcoholic – it was all in the name of research! haha

Enjoy and have a drink for me! :)

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