Glitz. Grandiosity. History. The Diamond Horseshoe, a reinvented palace of pleasure that boomed during the 1940s, is back and better than ever. Guests descend down a majestic spiral staircase and into a huge ballroom, with multiple bars and stages, where dancers and performers contort and sway in a seductive series of spectacles. The space hosts the hit dinner show Queen of The Night, an interactive evening of cuisine and spellbinding cabaret (see www.queenofthenightnyc.com for tickets).
Sleek furnishings, low lighting and talented performers define this intimate club that also boasts a stunning stage backdrop: the glittering Manhattan skyline. Highlights:
Sets: 7:30 & 9:30 pm, late-night sessions Tu-Sa 11:30 pm
Cover charge: $20-$45, $10 minimum per person
Dinner served nightly
A Parisian-style café offers guests custom liquor-infused chocolates and craft cocktails at the forefront of this brand new Flatiron District venue, while a 2,000-square-foot supperclub in the back hosts themed brunch and dinner parties with rotating live jazz performances and burlesque shows.
Imbibing gets the imperial treatment at this hub of colonial-era cocktails, an Upper East Side bar and eatery inspired by the tastes and aesthetics of British-occupied India. The two venerable cultures blend beautifully on the drinks menu, featuring a host of gin-centric, Anglo-inspired sips (such as the Army & Navy: London dry gin, lemon juice, almond syrup) and booze-packed punches (which originated in 17th-Century India). Cocktails can be paired with a selection of curries and South Asian savories. Take a cue from the grinning monkey statues that inhabit the haunt and go bananas.
Named for the police officer who allegedly coined the name Hell's Kitchen for that particular neighborhood, this comfortable bar serves beer, wine and cocktails, as well as offers a menu that features an assortment of appetizers, small plates and more. Open nightly from 4:00 pm-4:00 am. $$
Simply describe your desired taste or ingredients to one of these nationally-and-globally renowned cocktail slingers and they'll whip up a personalized concoction for you. This dimly-lit, speakeasy-style lounge has been toted as one of the best cocktail bars in the nation since its birth during the Long Island City revival last decade.