I have a feeling that the city that never sleeps will suit me perfectly. Since I treated myself to this NY trip as a birthday present, I will be celebrating while there. You hear so much about rooftop bars and rooftop parties that I’m really looking forward to attending my first one. The other type very popular bars in New York are the speak-easies. You can (or can’t) recognize these bars by the fact that they have no outside marking of there being a bar and something you even have to walk through another restaurant to get there. It’s really on a insiders-knowledge basis only. But of course there are also the well marked bars with just great interiors or linked to a beautiful hotel. Here are a couple that I’m interested in visiting:
1. The Ides
80 Wythe Ave. at N. 11th
Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Because I’m not actually staying at a hotel in New York, my curiousity for a couple of great NY hotels will not be satisfied. Thankfully most of these hotels also have a bar or restaurant which you can visit freely. I have had my eye on The Whyte Hotel since before it opened. When you’re not sleeping there you can always go for dinner at the Reynards restaurant (which I also hear is highly recommended) or drinks at The Ides Bar.
Schiller’s Liquor Bar
131 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
I have to admit that I’m easily lured in when the front of a café has such a beautiful neon display. Schiller’s Liquor Bar is more a bistro but I read that it is a very fun and lively place. Apparently the bathroom is also quite special. A cool bathroom can be such a good asset to a bar.
3. Angel’s Share
8 Stuyvesant Street
A speak-easy where you’re not allowed with a group bigger than 4 people but as it was recommended to my by someone involved with the Bacardi speak-easy in Belgium, my curiosity was awoken. The directions to this speak-easy are quite elaborate: “Go to the 2nd floor, through the Japanese restaurant Village Yokocho and find an unmarked door”. It is said that you bark upon a new world with a beautiful mural that is well-known for its cocktails.
4. Le Bain at The Standard Hotel
Le Bain at The Standard Hotel
848 Washington Street
New York, NY 10014
Everybody knows The Standard to be one of the fanciest hotels in New York (and also the preferred hotel of many celebrities among which the high-end designer Haider Ackermann). Even though staying here wouldn’t be affordable, going for a drink might be.
5. Saturdays Surf NYC Shop
Saturdays Surf NYC
31 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013
17 Perry St, New York, NY 10014
Because this is an all male clothing shop that also sells surfing gear and art, I didn’t consider it to go on my must-visit shops list. But as they also sell coffee and have a very nice coffee garden, I’m convinced. This place is definitely going on the list.
As you can see, out of all the sights, restaurants and shops that I want to visit, my list is by far the shortest when it comes to drinks. So if you have any recommendations, please comment. I would love to get to know more speak-easies and rooftop bars.