There are a slew of new hotel bars opening throughout New York, including the Ace Hotel’s Lobby Bar and The Crosby Street Hotel’s gigantic restaurant and lounge. We headed over for a stay. How we love to travel.
The Ace Hotel Lobby Bar reaches for a bohemian hostel vibe. There are large couches set up to accommodate the drinkers and a library style table is filled with coffee sippers using the space’s wi-fi (pictured). We’re a fan of hotel bars that are a little lusher. Just as there is no reason to set foot in a hostel unless you’re staying there, the Ace’s Lobby Bar isn’t a must-visit destination for city drinkers.
The too-small bar is tucked away in the corner and the mixed use room doesn’t comfortably accommodate everyone who stopped by for a drink. The hostel vibe doesn’t translate into hostel pricing – a beer ran $9 a pint. If you want chic hotel style, skip this spot. If you want a cozy room to drink and laptop in, your neighborhood bar will suffice.
The Crosby Street Hotel does a better job of creating a drinking destination. Their Crosby Bar was bustling on an early Thursday night visit, and the space delivered on hotel bar decadence. The cocktail list was a tad disappointing. For $18 a pop, we expect the libations top be more interesting than a Cosmopolitan. The bar promises more liquid innovation in the weeks to come, and our solid Sidecar was good enough that we can be a little patient. They’ve got some other fun stuff planned, like an afternoon tea (we’re sure you can put bourbon in it) and a backyard garden.
We ended the night at our old favorite: The Soho Grand. As we sipped our aviation cocktail, we pondered the merits of the two newest hotel bars in the city. We’d definitely be back to Crosby Bar when they get a bit more into their groove (and, when they hopefully lower the cocktail prices by a few bucks). We’ll also head back to the Ace Hotel, but we’ll skip the Lobby Bar and head straight to The Breslin.