King Cole Bar

This landmark bar in the luxurious St. Regis hotel off Fifth Avenue is beloved by tourists and Manhattan wage slaves, as well as celebs and the city elite. The place buzzes with merriment every night. The wood-paneled room located just off the lush lobby is dominated by artist Maxfield Parrish’s massive mural depicting Old King…

The Cruise Room

Water has always been a precious commodity in the high-desert city of Denver, and what with the many nautically named bars and restaurants, it seems like an obsession: Oceanaire, Ocean Prime, The Ship Tavern, Adrift, Aqua Lounge. The Cruise Room bar at the Oxford Hotel probably has the most authentic watery derivation – it opened…

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…