New York City-Lower East Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Housed inside the recently Ian Schrager’d Gramercy Park Hotel, the tucked away Rose Bar is an A-list haven. The decor is predictably striking, with custom-designed furniture by Julian Schnabel, an open fireplace and massive modern art originals adorning the walls when you can look at a Warhol or Basquiat when you’re enjoying your drink, you can certainly see where the money goes. The red-felt pool table is a particularly nice touch. The bar manages to be both cosy and candlelit and startlingly swanky at the same time, which is no mean feat, and though the vibe might be a little too rich for some tastes, there’s no denying the old school glamour on offer makes for a memorable night out. The intimate, romantic setting makes it the perfect place to take a date if you’re out to impress, though the strict entry policy makes it less ideal for large groups unless you’ve planned well ahead. It should be no surprise that the Rose Bar has been an instant hit with moneyed NYC locals and hotel guests alike, as well as the odd celeb, and prices reflect both the décor and the target clientele, so it’s not a bar to nip into for a cheap drink. If you don’t fit into one of the aforementioned categories then bear in mind that reservations are mandatory after 9pm (and the door staff enforces this rule strictly). If you do manage to get inside, treat yourself to a classic cocktail from the extensive menu try the crisp Dew Drop or the Diamonds and Pearls. The service is attentive and the bar tenders really know what they are doing, and are happy to make your drink just as you like it.