New York City-Midtown Manhattan
May 11, 2018
Monkey Bar, like the Waverly Inn before it, is a one-time New York institution, now owned by Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. This fact alone kicks it up a rung above most Midtown lounges. Carter took over in 2009, drafted in some big names and had recently given the space a revamp whilst retaining the famous murals. Julie Reiner has been tasked with overseeing the cocktail list and the drinks are incredibly well-made. The crowd is as stylish as you would expect and the Carter connection means this place has a real buzz about it.