Meatpacking Hot Spot

Meatpacking Hot Spot

(Courtesy Bar Naná)

When Meatpacking District happy hours morph to nightlife, Bar Naná shifts from sidewalk patio to cool 2,300-square-foot cocktail lounge. Its opening a year ago, timed to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, drew a sophisticated crowd into a luxe stage set—plush leather sofas and Second Empire-inspired black-and-white artwork, all pulsing to sound tracks from hip-hop to R&B and orchestrated late-night by prime DJs and sometimes live music.

And the name? It's an homage to seductive scenes both Latin (a so-named Punta del Este brothel) and French (Emile Zola's fictional courtesan and her extraordinary passions). Think: nostalgia, if not humor, in these allusions to an Old World life of the libertines. (Sweet note: The bartender stands shaker-ready to concoct nonalcoholic beverages on request.)

Still, the raison d'être? Cocktails, all $16 and sensuous, inevitable from a spirits master named Giovanni Love: the Santa Elena of silvery tequila Blanco, elderflower liqueur and lime; the Gold Rush of bourbon, lemon and honey; the Naná pisco sour with egg white foam and cinnamon; and a classic mai tai of Zacapa 23 (cane honey) rum, lime juice, pineapple and (almond syrup) orgeat.

» Bar Naná, at the south end of the High Line: 63 Gansevoort St., 646.964.4357