Party Earth Review The Hudson Hotel’s stone fortress façade and single flickering torch over the neon green door give no hint of the whimsical complex of bars inside, but after beaming up from the foyer via two phosphorescent... ... read full review
356 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019
A, C, B, D, 1, 2: 59th Street-Columbus Circle; N, Q, R, W: 57th Street-7th Avenue
Hudson Bar: 212-554-6217
Hudson Bar: daily 4pm–2am (TEMPORARILY CLOSED)
Library: daily noon–1am
Private Park: daily 11am–11pm (normally May–early October, but currently still open)
Sky Terrace: daily 8am–11pm (May–early October)
Hell's Kitchen, New York –
The Hudson Hotel’s stone fortress façade and single flickering torch over the neon green door give no hint of the whimsical complex of bars inside, but after beaming up from the foyer via two phosphorescent escalators, the upscale clientele will find a playground of drinking options and parties.
The main attraction is Hudson Bar, with its swirling ceiling mural, pink marble bar, and “Billie Jean”-style glass floor illuminated from below. Weekend nights see chic young artists and hip tourists mingling and dancing among the neoclassical furniture, while others enjoy table service at VIP loveseats tucked into niches in the gold-painted brick walls.
On weeknights, scenesters in a scholarly mood can retire to the Library Bar, an Old English sitting room with a modern twist featuring a giant copper hemi-dome suspended over the purple-felted pool table and plenty of leather sofas where guests can lounge in front of the roaring fireplace after perusing the towering bookshelves.
When the weather turns a bit balmier, patrons make their way up to the fifteenth-floor Sky Terrace, whose candlelit chaises and ivy-covered pergolas create a romantic atmosphere beneath the starry sky, or hit up the Private Park, an Alice in Wonderland-inspired courtyard with chic patio furniture and oversized planters where young professionals rock out to weekly theme parties or cozy up and chat over cocktails on baroque futons and daybeds.
Although style and sophistication reign in all of the venues, Hudson Hotel still knows how to put on down-and-dirty rock nights that attract a high-energy crowd of glam-punk rockers, hip Lower East Siders, models, and celebs – a perfect mix of luxury and cool that keeps the city’s polished partiers coming back for more.
Artists, young professionals, and hotel guests on regular nights; hip glam-punk Lower East Side rockers, celebs, and people from the worlds of fashion and music for special events and theme nights, early 20s to 40s.
DJ spins pop, hip-hop, and house music Wednesdays through Saturdays from 10pm. Modern Love Thursdays features guest DJs 10pm–2am.
DJ spins rock music at the Ladyland in Library dance party Thursdays from 10pm. Billiards table.
DJs spin from 10pm on Lady Starlight Tuesdays (May–October only), a Lady Gaga-style outdoor party featuring wildly-dressed patrons and celebrities. Occasional DFA DJ nights on Wednesdays featuring music curated by DFA records.
DJ spins mellow house music at the Speakeasy party Thursdays 6–10pm (May–October only).
Small plates menu at Hudson Hall, the hotel’s upscale cafeteria-style restaurant with tuna tartare, skirt steak, and sliders. Hudson Bar turns table service only F–Sa once it hits capacity.
Small plates $9–$15. Beer $9, wine $15–$23, cocktails $16/glass or $55/pitcher. Table service $50/person minimum.
Wild rock attire for Ladyland in Library and Lady Starlight nights: pink mohawks, studded belts, ripped jean vests. Elegant casual on weekends: button-downs, flowy tops, dresses, heels. Dress code: no hats, sneakers, or flip-flops.
Tuesdays for Lady Starlight in the Private Park, Thursdays for Speakeasy on the Sky Terrace and Ladyland in Library, and Friday and Saturday nights for Hudson Bar, though table reservations are recommended.
In the basement of the hotel is Good Units, an 80s-inspired, graffiti-covered live music venue and club featuring well-known DJs and musical acts.