What would you give right now to go to a rooftop and drink refreshing cocktails and bask in the warm weather with your pals? This has been the coldest winter we’ve had in a long time. I have a very bad feeling that it’s going to be a long time until we can enjoy the outdoors again. But have no fear; there is still a way to enjoy going out and being social. I know, I know, what could I possibly offer to you to entice you away from your warm apartment? Here are my favorite cozy NYC bars for you to sit by the fireplace, visit with friends, and drink winter inspired cocktails. Those pesky winter blues will be a thing of the past.
Bowery Hotel (335 Bowery, NY 10003 )
I’m not sure why, but there is something about hotel bars that I just love. Maybe it’s their sophisticated atmosphere, chic decorations, and oftentimes-elegant vibes. The Bowery Hotel lobby bar is a warm and inviting space with a large fireplace, comfy velvet couches, and vintage cocktails like old fashions and Manhattans. My favorite is their signature cocktail, the Bowery, a gin based drink with champagne.
Brinkley’s Station (153 E 60th St, NY 10022)
I am a big fan of Brinkley Station’s Nolita sister bar. This newer location has given midtown a much needed gastro pub. It is tucked away in a warm and inviting landmark building dating back to 1890. Warm yourself up sitting by the roaring fire, enjoy their extensive beer and wine list, and nibble tasty bites. It’s the perfect place to meet people after work. You’ll want to stay all night long.
Campbell Apartment (15 Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017)
My husband first took me to this lounge very early on in our relationship, and I will forever be grateful. Stashed away in Grand Central Station, the Campbell Apartment is truly a hidden gem. It is rich with history and is . The lounge is the restored office of early twentieth-century tycoon John W. Campbell. It’s not easy to find, but that’s part of its charm. When you do, you’ll find a spacious room with high ceilings and comfy couches. This cozy bar offers a list of sophisticated drinks served by waitresses decked out in pearls. Try the Prohibition Punch, The Roaring ’20’s, or a classic gin martini. The experience will transport you to a whole other time and you’ll forget all about the cold temperatures.
The Tippler (425 West 15th St., NY 10011)
This charming bar can be found in the basement of the Chelsea Market (entrance on 15th Street). It is a cozy and romantic bar with classic architecture and dark corner booths. The Tippler serves exceptionally creative cocktails like the Killa’ Beez Kneez and the Boozy Suzy. Hungry for more? Try their yummy nibbles like their smashed deviled eggs on toast. Just take note that when this popular spot is crowded, it can be a bit loud. Never the less, you will be satisfied because, trust me, these bartenders know how to make a great drink!
Penrose (1590 2nd Ave NY, 10028)
Everyone needs to have that’s bar just a block away from his or her apartment that still makes you feel like you’re going somewhere special. Penrose is that bar for me, and I encourage you all to visit it no matter what neighborhood you call home. It has an antique vibe, warm lighting, and a long curved bar in the front, Penrose brings an indie chic vibe to a stuffy UES. In addition to their large list of craft beers, try their fabulous signature drinks like the Dirty Pickle Martini and Itty Bitty Pretty. If you’re hungry, this gastro pub offers delicious chicken with waffles and fried Irish sausages. This charming establishment offers a rare treat for the UES; there are zero TVs. If you venture outside, you’ll be very happy to share delicious drinks with friends or enjoy a romantic date night. It’s also a fabulous place for brunch the next day!