The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel

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The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel Spanning the lobby of the Ace Hotel and connected to the Breslin Dining Room, the Lobby Bar is a lively but soothing sanctuary that draws everyone from international hotel guests to local hipsters. New York United States 40.7456025 -73.9878759
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Party Earth Review Spanning the lobby of the Ace Hotel and connected to the Breslin Dining Room, the Lobby Bar is a lively but soothing sanctuary that draws everyone from international hotel guests to local hipsters. A rustic décor featuring... ... read full review

  • Hours:

    Daily 7am–4am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel Review

The Scene

Spanning the lobby of the Ace Hotel and connected to the Breslin Dining Room, the Lobby Bar is a lively but soothing sanctuary that draws everyone from international hotel guests to local hipsters.

Spanning the lobby of the Ace Hotel and connected to the Breslin Dining Room, the Lobby Bar is a lively but soothing sanctuary that draws everyone from international hotel guests to local hipsters.

A rustic décor featuring taxidermy, a gigantic American flag, and dark wood details combines with cozy touches like throw pillows, lap blankets, and desk lamps to create a warm and homey vibe for the sociable business types and travelers who settle in on plush red couches and tartan-print arm chairs for after-work drinks and low-key conversation.

The chatty vintage-shirt set tends to hang out at the classic wooden bar in back or at the high tables where they can take advantage of the outlets and wireless connectivity during the day, while privileged creative types and groups of young professionals stop in to chat and flirt on the large communal sofas for some postprandial drinks at night.

Though not a typical full night’s destination, The Lobby Bar offers a laid-back vibe and enough inventive cocktails to make it the perfect place to kick back and relax with friends before moving on to higher-energy haunts.

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Tip from Jonah:

If you’re looking for a totally different kind of meal, have your drinks at the bar and then settle in at the Breslin Dining Room for the famous suckling pig dinner. For just $65/person, you and seven or more of your friends can feast on an entire roast pig! You’ll have to make arrangements at least two days in advance, but it’s easy – just call 646-214-5764 or send an e-mail to [email protected]

  • Crowd

    Sociable hotel guests, hipsters, after-work business people, business travelers, young professionals, and local residents, 20s to 40s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Low ambient rock. Photo booth. Free Wi-Fi.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Brunch and dinner menus of English staples including sweetbreads, stuffed pigs’ feet, lamb burgers, a full English breakfast, and desserts. Kitchen closes at midnight.

  • Prices

    Appetizers $10+, entrées $15+. Beer $6+, wine $8+/glass or $35+/bottle, cocktails $10+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Neat casual to business casual: slacks, button-downs, Ralph Lauren, jeans and heels, suits with loosened ties.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    Any weekday evening for after-work drinks, or Fridays and Saturdays, though there may be a line.

  • Close By

    The adjacent Breslin Dining Room offers an extended menu and a more formal restaurant setting.

The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel User Reviews

Average rating:
Isolating and Overpriced
AnneMarie J. Feb 19, 2013
As most swanky hotel bars go, The Lobby Bar at Ace Hotel is full, on any given night, of cologne-doused scenesters attempting to act unaffected as they sip $15 cocktails. Anything but down-to-earth, this place is elegant, if you're into the whole waspy collegiate thing. My friend and I read a great review for the bar, but much to our disappointment, not only were the cocktails overpriced and underwhelming, but the atmosphere didn't foster the sort of comradery I tend to appreciate on a night out. A strategic candle-like lighting scheme and cozy, abundant seating suggest that this might be a decent spot to take a date, but for singles looking to rub elbows, the layout is somewhat intimidating.
An Upscale Hunting Lodge
Risa C. Dec 11, 2012
When I first walked in there I felt like I had walked into the Abercrombie catalogue - not because there was anything cheesy like a shirtless greeter or an oppressively awful stench of perfume coming from it, but because of the large comfortable looking tartan print chairs, wood everything, and giant American flag hanging over the bar. The crowd is a mix of hotel guests and laid back locals on their computers relaxing with drinks and appetizers, and my personal favorite touch is the photo booth because I have a seriously hard time resisting those things. Just as a note though, due to the large presence of tourists gratuity is included in all drink orders which the bartender usually remembers to tell you. Also, if you can go eat the suckling pig dinner at the Breslin next door, holy wow, that thing is freaking delicious!
Not sure
Dylan W. Dec 2, 2012
I think I need to revisit, but my first outing here was strange. It's almost as if it's a hotel second, bar first with the concierge desk lonely and in a weird side room, with the bar and seating area easily 80% of the floor plan. Extremely high ceilings and thick plaster pillars give the place an elegant feel, but the decor looks like some weird indie flick with a set designer they got from the local Anthropologie... vaguely Parisian and very effeminate. It's odd. (think, fake books in muddy pastel colors on a stand-alone bookshelf in the corner, which parchment and quills lying on a lectern next to it with fresh flowers 'for sale'. I found it a little goofy) The manager was rude to me and the crowd seems to take themselves very seriously, so it's not really my thing I guess.
Chris K. Nov 26, 2012
There was a time when hotel bars weren't the trendy insular places they now exist as, a time when many hotels just had a bar in the front lobby where world-weary passengers on the road to the grave could sidle up and get a stiff drink before even checking in. Thankfully, the Ace Hotel remembers such a time, and their bar is a chic counter without walls found at the back of their hotel lobby. Whether you've got a room at the Ace or you're simply heading to the Breslin to enjoy a whole suckling pig, this simple bar with its solid selection and cool, talkative staff will keep you loaded and lubricated all night long. Just be careful--you might find yourself introducing yourself to a bouncer five or six times (oy, THAT night...)
Love This Place
Jaclyn W. Nov 26, 2012
This venue is a great place to kick your night off. Although it's not in the most appealing of areas, it's not hard to find a subway or cab to make it downtown after you've begun your buzz. The Ace Hotel is a good time no matter which location you visit. It's trendy and chic. Walk into the lobby bar and it feels like you're in an enormous living room with rosy lighting and cozy divans. The crowd is what really makes this place interesting. If you're into the hipster, artsy, tech crowd, you may find yourself a date or two here. Everyone is primarily young, attractive and hip. The music is awesome, but not so much for dancing; more so for listening and creating that chill vibe. The staff is as attentive as Stumptown (coffee shop attached to the bar) and they know how to mix a good cocktail. Grab a friend, sidle up to a barstool and order a, "Lovely Day." Then proceed to slyly shift your focus and study the crowd. I'd be surprised if you didn't find at least one person to catch your attention. While there is space here, don't come with a huge crowd. This is more of either a quick intro date drink setting or a few close friends. You don't want to spend your entire night here. Quick Note: The Ace Hotel in Seattle is awesome as well!
Silicon Alley's Local Bar in the Flatiron / Chelsea
Jimmy D. Nov 23, 2012
Thinking about becoming the next Steve Job's? The lobby bar at the ace hotel is filled with techsters on business meetings and hipsters chilling. It's where all the cool technology business people meet to make deals, those that live in new york and those that are visiting. Don't dare bring a blackberry or pc. It's an Apple bar. Putting aside the tech snootiness, it's a chill place to grab a drink in the flatiron district. And who knows, maybe the next Mark Zuckerberg will offer you a job.
I don't believe in depriving oneself of the finer things in life
Melissa A. Oct 1, 2012
So I am a girl who appreciates a good scene and the Lobby Bar at the Ace Hotel is no exception. The Ace Hotel is the hipster tech entrepreneur/semi-legit artists hang out spot and I can't get enough of this place's air of self-importance. Beautiful decor and layout that reminds you of your well-to-do uncle's den, you can sit and drink (well) in comfort and style. Did I say it was a scene? Every time I go in here, I see some tech entrepreneur who has been posited as the second coming by Fast Nation. The only reason that it isn't 4 stars is because I like the drinks and the bartendars a LOT more at the Breslin, which is literally adjacent to this bar. The things that they can do with guava and tequila will put your mama to shame.
Great Hotel Bar
Paul F. Aug 17, 2012
There's not a lot to it but as you're getting out of Midtown, hop off the subway at 28th and walk a half block to the entrance. Once inside, you're greeted by a wide open space filled with comfortable couches and chairs, some old-timey decor and taxidermy, and a massive American flag situated behind the main bar in the back. The people here were all mid 20s to early 30s and mostly young, stylish professionals. The drinks are poured heavy and the bartenders are very friendly and knowledgeable. I didn't eat at the Breslin (the hotels restaurant) but it supposed to be outstanding. If you're looking for a classy, cool, un-pretentious hotel bar, the Ace is a perfect place for you.
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