Swankiest Places to Get Your Drank: 8 Most Breathtakingly Beautiful Lounges in NYC

It’s no secret that New York City easily makes the list of one of the most opulent cities in the world. 

From Midtown’s Michelin-starred restaurants to the bright lights of Broadway, beauty is not hard to find in the city.

When it comes to nightlife, appearances are everything, and I’m not just talking about going out wearing Prada and Dolce & Gabbana.

There’s stiff competition among the after-hours venues in NYC, each brining their best design game when it comes to deciding where it is you want to spend a high class night out on the town.

Goldbar (389 Broome Street)

You can’t get much more VIP than this. This over-the-top bar lives up to its name, as most everything in it is, you guessed it, gold. This hotspot is also a commonly known haunt of a number of the city’s A-listers, and sightings are not an uncommon occurrence.


From the floor tiles to the ceiling, guests are encased in the rich, warm feeling that gold evokes so much so that you might not even notice the small fortune you’ll be dropping on a round of cocktails.

No. 8 (357 West 16th Street)


If you like a little scandal to go along with your opulence, then No. 8 is the place to get a healthy helping of both. 

Notorious for its former identity as Bungalow 8, this knockout spot raises the standard for new lounges and nightclubs in the city.


Its elegant ambiance awash in plush banquettes, mirrored bars and a massive crystal chandelier gives way to an upstairs dance floor, where the posh can continue to party. 

 It’s yet another place for confirmed for celebrity sightings, and it’s easy to see why. 

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Clover Club (210 Smith Street - Brooklyn)


In quaint Cobble Hill resides a classic Art Deco escape from the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. Part speakeasy and part upscale lounge, the vintage décor and exquisite craft cocktails commands a higher level of nightlife sophistication.


Antique sofas, pressed tin ceilings, a cozy fireplace and a 19th century mahogany bar or only a few of the Clover Club’s elements that contribute to its classical beauty. The house chips tossed in duck fat aren’t something to be missed either.

Press Lounge (653 11th Avenue)

High atop the modern Ink48 Hotel sits one of Manhattan’s most beautiful and best-kept secrets, the Press Lounge. A strictly “no sneakers” establishment, the open-air rooftop lounge offers sprawling views of the midtown skyline as well as Jersey across the river.

Centered along the roof is a lighted reflecting pool surrounded by plush seating and votive candles, only adding to its relaxing feel. Kick back with some bubbly on a clear night and feel all your cares melt away into the lights of NYC.


5. Apotheke (9 Doyers Street #1)


The biggest treasures are usually found a little off the beaten path, and that rings truer no more for than at this downtown lounge. A stone’s throw away from Columbus Park, Apotheke really needs to be seen to be believed.


The environment radically changes as you pass through the doors, stepping into a polished model of a medieval apothecary shop. To top it all off, upon the blue marble bar sits an antique absinthe fountain containing a secret 200-year-old recipe of the magical elixir.

The Campbell Apartment (15 Vanderbilt Avenue)


Tucked inside, Grand Central Station, considered one of the most beautiful pieces of architecture in the city, stands The Campbell Apartment, converted from 1920’s mogul John W. Campbell’s private office into a high-scale cocktail lounge.

Under their 25-foot ceilings, the space is adorned with rich wood accents, Renaissance-style paintings and antique glass. The astounding attention to detail makes you feel like you’ve stepped into an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Gallow Green (542 West 27th Street)


Beauty comes in all forms and one of its most prevalent is that which is found in nature. Down in Chelsea, Gallow Green captures this concept with a rooftop garden lounge that would put The Secret Garden to shame. No offense, Burnett.


It sits on top of the snazzy McKittrick Hotel, known for its interactive theater show Sleep No More. Weathered wooden tables, a snug fire pit and an antiquated railcar with boxcar seating complements the abundance of green, creating the illusion of a fantasy forest in NYC.

Madam Geneva (4 Bleeker Street)


Here in the city, size isn’t everything. Few know that better than the snug NoHo lounge Madam Geneva, who more than makes up for it’s smaller venue size. Hanging lanterns, exposed brick archways and lace-paneled walls give it a modern Bohemian vibe.

The charm found here is often lost in new venues as more and more modern establishments stick to the urban minimalism styles. Here you can find all sorts of classically beautiful things to compliment your night, such as an authentic old-school gramophone in the corner.

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