Hotel Happenings: New Bars
Check out three of the hottest (actually, one is the coldest) hotel bar openings to hit Manhattan.
The Mixing Room
The Mixing Room will open on September 1 at the Lexington Hotel. This Midtown haunt used to be frequented by Arthur Godfrey, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio (who lived on the 18th floor together), and the decor pays homage to their previous celebrity clients. The art deco-style bar highlights classic cocktails including The Gimlet with vodka or gin, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and a splash of orange blossom water, and The Sidewinder with Cognac, fresh lemon and Cointreau. We recommend hitting up the place on Tuesday from 6:00-7:45 PM for live music by The New York Jazz Workshop (511 Lexington Ave.; 212-755-4400).
The Beacon Bar
This bar at the Hotel Beacon is an ideal pre or post-concert venue before heading to the Upper West Side’s Beacon Theater. You'll find crafty cocktails like the Beacon Big Apple, made with whiskey, apple juice and a housemade strawberry or cucumber shrub; or a Louisiane with rye, Benedictine, Carpano Antica, absinthe and Peychaud’s Bitters. Twisty comfort foods include French dip sliders and a zippy Mexican shrimp cocktail (2130 Broadway; 212-278-1100).
Minus5 Ice Bar
We’d be amiss not to include the opening of the Minus5 Ice Bar at the Hilton in Midtown. The recent debut brought the city’s first ice bar to New Yorkers - and mostly tourists - at a hefty price tag. A cool respite, the pint-sized bar houses silly sculptures and alcoves with ice benches where you’ll find the faux fur-clad patrons sipping sugary cocktails in an oversized ice glasses (1335 Avenue of the Americas; 212-757-4610).