The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel

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The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel The Bowery has come a long way since its historic skid row days, and the elegant Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is a prime example of how the street has turned grit into glamour over the past few decades. New York United States 40.726114 -73.991584
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Party Earth Review The Bowery has come a long way since its historic skid row days, and the elegant Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is a prime example of how the street has turned grit into glamour over the past few decades. A nostalgic d... ... read full review

  • Subway:

    6: Bleecker Street-Lafayette Street; F: Lower East Side-2nd Avenue-Houston Street

  • Phone:

    212-505-9100

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  • Hours:

    Daily 5pm–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel Review

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The Bowery has come a long way since its historic skid row days, and the elegant Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is a prime example of how the street has turned grit into glamour over the past few decades.

The Bowery has come a long way since its historic skid row days, and the elegant Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel is a prime example of how the street has turned grit into glamour over the past few decades.

A nostalgic décor recalling the grand parlors of yesteryear forms the backdrop for this disheveled but sexy hangout, where bouncers dressed as the infamous Bowery Boys usher Wall Streeters, wealthy hipsters, and the occasional A-lister into the opulent lobby.

Raftered ceilings, Persian rugs, an impressive fireplace, and various arrangements of antique, gargoyle-backed velvet chairs and settees combine to create a luxurious but intimate vibe where New York notables and downtown glitterati gather for subdued conversation over single-malts or cappuccinos.

A tiny bar decked out in turquoise walls, taxidermy, and animal portraits fits only a few patrons, but in summer, an outdoor patio accommodates some of the swanky overflow of celebs and stylish out-of-towners who show up to see and be seen.

Although the hotel insists that the Lobby Bar is for guests only, hopeful patrons willing to don their designer best shouldn't have a problem enjoying a classy, low-key evening at this high-end hangout.

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Tip from Adriana:

Grab one of the chairs in front of the fireplace. It's the perfect place to warm up on a cold night with a martini in hand. Plus, the soft glow from the flames makes everyone look sexier.

  • Crowd

    New York notables, socialites, wealthy hipsters, trendy finance types, stylish Europeans, and people from the worlds of fashion and art, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Occasional parties in the upstairs bar for holidays like Halloween and Valentine’s Day, usually invite-only, though patrons dressed appropriately may be admitted.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Complimentary nuts.

  • Prices

    Beer $8+, wine $13–$20/glass or $42–$180/bottle, cocktails $13+, mixed drinks $11+, shots $11+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Designer and downtown chic: suits and designer button-downs for men from Rogan and Hermes, with Comme des Garçons and Vivienne Westwood dresses, and heels for women.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Fridays and Saturdays for a posh, hip crowd.

  • Close By

    Madam Geneva (4 Bleecker Street) is an equally opulent and slightly larger cocktail bar attracting a similar crowd.

The Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel User Reviews

Average rating:
cozy!
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
Though this isn't the place I'd go to for a wild night out, if I'm looking for a place to relax, grab drinks, and have good conversation this is definitely a good decision. The furniture is super comfortable, and the staff is attentive and knowledgeable about the menu. The drinks are also really delicious albeit a bit pricey, but that's to be expected (and reasonable in my opinion) for any place that's making a drink that involves more than liquor plus soda/juice. I also know someone who got engaged here, so if you're thinking of taking a date here, it definitely has that intimate romantic feel.
Super Fun!
Emily R. Dec 2, 2012
The atmosphere here is amazing! Old, velvety soft sofas; an always-burning fireplace; dimmed, soft lighting. There’s just something pretty magical about the Bowery, and you can see it right away when you sit down here. There’s just something so comfortable and home-y about this place – it almost feels like Christmas was bottled and set free inside. Aside from looks, the staff are AMAZING and all so kind. As far as price goes, things can get a little high, but come on – it’s New York, what did you expect? In any case, it’s worth it just to say you came. So, so cozy.
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