McSorley’s Old Ale House

  McSorley’s is the oldest Irish bar in New York City. And it feels it. The place is an authentic, operating business that has changed precious little in the more than 160 years it first opened its creaky doors. To walk into this dark saloon near Cooper Union is to literally step back in time –…

White Horse Tavern

  Erstwhile workingman’s bar in the West Village that became a refuge for writers and assorted bohemian types and labor rabble-rousers in the 1950s because the beer was cheap and the location convenient to where most of the clientele lived. Bob Dylan, Mary Travers, Hunter S. Thompson, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Joan Baez, The Clancy…

Carousel Bar and Lounge at the Hotel Monteleone

    Only the actual bar and seats revolve at this venerable New Orleans landmark hotel in the French Quarter. The service area in the center of the carousel (and the rest of the room) remain stationary. Unless you’re aware of this fact, you will feel more than a little tipsy if you leave your…

Orchid Bar

    Key West is a tiny island located at the very end of the chain of Florida Keys. You can casually stroll from the Atlantic Ocean on the island’s south shore (at the southernmost point in the U.S.) to the Gulf of Mexico on its northern shore (at Sunset Pier) in about 20 minutes. That is,…

The Rum House

    The old beer-stained dive bar at Hotel Edison was recently renovated into this intimate, noir-ish hideaway that, aside from a modest, vintage-looking neon sign hanging outside, makes no attempts to lure the passing Times Square tourists into its dark and cozy realm. Here, locals, hotel guests and theatre folk mingle at the copper-topped…

Bemelmans Bar at the Hotel Carlyle

  Ludwig Bemelmans, the author and illustrator of the popular “Madeline” books for children, painted the 1940s Central Park scenes on the walls and lampshades of this iconic upper east side, upper-crust New York hotel bar. The artist’s charmingly loopy style creates the perfect vibe for getting a cheery buzz from the bar’s impeccably mixed…

Buena Vista Café

  It is a traveler’s bucket-list thrill to glide down the hill on Hyde Street to Fisherman’s Wharf in a clattering, breezy, open-air San Francisco cable car to the last stop at Beach Street where the cozy Buena Vista Café awaits. It’s probably crowded inside, especially if there’s a foggy chill in the air. The old-style…