For those who crave for a little IPA with their Donkey Kong, Barcade just might be the place. The lovingly designed space combines hand-crafted pub furnishings with several truckloads of classic arcade games. Draft craft brews are the specialty of the house featuring East Coast heavy hitters like Peekskill and West Coast humdingers like Lagunitas, but there is also a full bar. So whether you like a shot of Jim Beam before a round of Centipede or a goblet of Belgian-style strong ale to accompany a rousing Ms Pac-Man tournament, Barcade can probably accommodate you. See website for frequently updated draft list, special event announcements, Happy Hour info and more.
PDT (which stands for Please Don't Tell) is a "secret" bar on St. Mark's Place. A call from a phone booth in Crif Dogs (the adjacent restaurant) is the only way to get in. Once accepted, a secret door opens up in the phone booth, leading to PDT. It's not much of a secret anymore though, because the club is hugely popular. Once inside, you'll find a crowded bar area steeped in darkness. The inventive cocktail selection is superb and a major draw. If you're hungry you can also order from the Crif Dogs food menu, which gets delivered to the club via a small pass. A visit to PDT is quite an interesting experience indeed.
Le Bain is popular both amongst regular party-goers as well as celebrities, with its unique interior design making lounging both luxurious and fun. Le Bain, which translates to "bath" in French, is also popularly known for the plunge pool located on the dance floor during the summertime. Although extremely exclusive and often requiring invites to get in, those who manage to enter are rewarded with a beautiful view of the city from the rooftop and excellent service from professional bartenders mixing up great cocktails and concoctions.
This upscale sports bar-styled nightclub offers patrons a classy place to enjoy the finer things in life, most notably cigars, drinks and sports. Comfortable leather couches, large high definition screens and a selection of sports memorabilia give the 40/40 Club an inviting environment. For the true sports fan, keep an ear to the bar to find out about exclusive events like signings and personal appearances by the creme de la creme of the sports world, including Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco.
Apothèke is one of the many "speakeasy" type bars found throughout Manhattan. This sanctuary located on this hidden alley in New York's Chinatown has plenty of old-fashion panache, though the drinks may be a bit on the pricey side. The bar replicates an old-world apothecary, proudly displaying antique medicine bottles and old-fashioned chemistry equipment. This bar is manned by expert bartenders who sport white lab coats and dispense alcoholic "prescriptions" (as they call them) like the Mata Hari, Femme Fatale and Dr. Ruth, which are created with the Apothèke's house-blended absinthe and other elixirs.
1OAK is short for "1 of a kind." And 1OAK does not fail to live up to its name. 1OAK's goal is to provide everyone with sophisticated services, art, food and drink while also creating an atmosphere where anyone feels comfortable. Regardless of who you are and your background, 1OAK makes sure all visitors have the night of their life.
Blue Ribbon Hi-Bar is located in the posh 6 Columbus hotel. Perched above the city, this bar offers mesmerizing views of Central Park and Columbus Circle. Sip on handcrafted cocktails like the Yuzu Hi or Oolong Hi or share a bottle of shoju or sake. A curated selection of fine malts from Japan, Scotland, Ireland, and America is sure to please any whiskey aficionado, while French wines, both by the glass and bottle, are an oenophile's choice. The bar menu is not your usual, as the complete offering from Blue Ribbon Sushi is available at the bar. Savor flavorful Asian tapas as you look out onto the Manhattan skyline at this mellow rooftop lounge.
Located on the second floor of the famous Studio 54 in New York, Upstairs is a bar and a nightclub and a venue for hosting private parties too. What was once termed as a high-tech bar and hosted the ultimate parties in town, Studio 54 was unceremoniously closed down by its owners and re-opened as a theater venue later. Upstairs at Studio 54, is a form of tribute to legendary Studio 54. The captivating atmosphere of the club and the rocking music that it features, make it the perfect venue for a great night out. The club also provides great food and drinks and you can also see live bands performing occasionally. A number of concerts and musicals are also staged at this place.
The striking blue balustrade along with the blue carpet is a welcome break from the warm color tones and lightning at the Carnegie Club. It is a grand Gothic setting to one of the best jazz performances in New York. Carnegie Club, a short walk from the Theater District is an elegant place to lounge over wine, cigars, live music and leather bound publications arranged in hand carved bookcases. Relax beside the stone fireplace or climb to the mezzanine level for a quiet evening. This is also a coveted event location for up to 175 guests.
With a decor that embodies Gilded Age style, this bar inside the Hudson Hotel is a relaxing place for elegant people who like to drink martinis and discuss serious issues. Bookshelves, leather wing chairs, chessboards, a pool table, and best of all a big fireplace, combine to give the bar a much more sophisticated feel than the hotel's larger Hudson Bar, and as a result, draws an older crowd.
One of the most popular gay bars in Hell's Kitchen, Industry Bar is located on 52nd Street. The vibrant, colorful place is best known for the burlesque performances of Sherry Vine. Every night there's something new brewing – Mondays are Diva Nights, Tuesdays Cocktail specials. Open all week, the party here goes on till wee hours on morning. The bartenders are friendly, the drinks are stiff and the ambiance is half a measure short of a carnival. Drop by for a fun time!
Therapy is the cool and chilled out lounge set in a former carriage house, but it surely exudes style and warmth. After a day filled with traffic woes and office deadlines, all you need is good music, delicious food and your favorite drink. Gorge on the chicken sandwich or the Therapy Burger and enjoy the shows. Catch the 'Comedy Hour' show and you will forget all your tensions and worries. Truly a hip and happening place always buzzing with enthusiastic crowd.