Lobby Bar at the Bowery Hotel
New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
While the boutique Bowery Hotel is a new arrival to the neighbourhood whose name it bears, it has been designed with an eye on the area’s past. The Bowery was once synonymous with Skid Row but the time’s they are a’changing. Now bouncers dressed as the notorious gangsters the Bowery Boys welcome Wall Streeters, hipsters with money to burn, and the odd A-lister into the lobby, where they gather over single malts or martinis. Originally destined merely to be the precursor to the upstairs bar, the room has become one the most luxurious in the city, thanks to those gurus of NYC nightlife design, Sean MacPherson and Eric Goode. Here they have created a stylish and elegant space, tastefully appointed, with an abundance of wood panelling, vintage leather, wide Persian rugs and a historic mural. A stuffed pit bull and the wall of mounted deer heads give the bar a touch of the hunting lodge, which may not be to everyone’s taste. But if you’re a guest at the hotel you can escape the taxidermy for a breath of fresh air on the lobby’s attractive patio area. And when it comes to finding somewhere to sit and enjoy your tipple there’s an abundance of choice from velvet settees, to gargoyle adorned seats or church pews. On a winter’s night the prime spot is by the vaulted sandstone fireplace, where you can toast your toes with a warming drink in hand. The drinks don’t come cheap, but they’re so well made you won’t care.