Party Earth Review With crowded sports bars and chain restaurants dominating Times Square, Paramount Bar brings a much-needed dose of class to Midtown’s nightlife scene. Located on the ground floor of the Paramount Hotel, this glamorous... ... read full review
Paramount Hotel, 235 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
N, Q, R: 49th Street; A, C, E: 50th Street
Midtown, New York –
With crowded sports bars and chain restaurants dominating Times Square, Paramount Bar brings a much-needed dose of class to Midtown’s nightlife scene.
Located on the ground floor of the Paramount Hotel, this glamorous revamp of the classic nightspot suggests an air of Old New York, evidenced in its dapper décor and complete lack of TVs or a Happy Hour.
Crystal chandeliers cast a warm glow on the stylish groups of local professionals and well-off hotel guests who settle in on the red velvet banquettes to sip specialty cocktails and people-watch through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Enigmatic black and white photos form a striking background for the fashionable jet-setters laughing in the black leather booths, or chatting with the friendly mixologists at the sleek black bar, waiting for house favorites like Billy Rose’s Fizz and Crazy For Love.
A low-key watering hole early in the evening, the bar kicks it up a notch later on as the all-female DJ ensemble begins spinning chill beats and mellow electronica for the growing crowd of conversationalists, drawn to the bar’s old-school vibe and extensive drink list.
A great mix of soft elegance and hard Gotham class, Paramount Bar remains the standard for Midtown barhoppers looking for uptown swank among the kitschy neon lights.
The original Paramount Bar hosted all sorts of celebrity events, including a memorial luncheon for Andy Warhol at which Yoko Ono was a guest. These days, the place aims for a laid-back glamorous vibe, but don’t be surprised to catch a star or two enjoying a carefully crafted cocktail on the weekends.
Stylish local professionals, well-off hipsters, laid-back ex-clubbers, savvy tourists, and the occasional celebrity, 20s to 40s.
DJs spin mixes of funky mellow beats and old New York classics Wednesdays and Thursdays. Free Wi-Fi
Beer $7–$8, wine $10+/glass or $32+/bottle, mixed drinks $12+, specialty cocktails $14, bottle service $90–$375.
Smart casual to business attire: collared shirts, jackets, chic dresses, LBDs, nice jeans, leather shoes, elegant business attire.
Thursdays through Saturdays for the biggest and highest-profile crowds.
A short walk away is The Rum House (228 West 47th Street), another Midtown staple with a classy but approachable vibe.