We’re not even halfway through New York Fashion Week and we already need a drink (or three). Fortunately, in the city that never sleeps, bars abound, from low-key classic haunts to swanky rooftops complete with expansive city views. Since much of the fashion fun is taking place on Manhattan’s far west side, we’ve narrowed in on eight spots near the shows to imbibe and unwind during the whirlwind that is NYFW.
Pour It Up, Pour It Up
The Blond at 11 Howard
We may finally have an answer to the age-old question, Do blonds really have more fun? The NYC style set seem to think so anyway, as proven by their procession here. Having hosted soirées for Carine Roitfeld, Kate Upton and Prabal Gurung, The Blond is the ideal destination for solid fashion week people-watching. Saunter up to the sleek bar and order a playfully named cocktail like smoky Gentleman Prefer or the spicy Bombshell.
Located in Hotel Hugo, this is the perfect place to kick back with a cocktail after seeing Rag & Bone (it's only a few short blocks from Skylight Clarkson). Take in the dramatic views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty from the striking two-level space, which boasts luxe leather banquettes and sultry lighting that pair perfectly with your extra dirty martini.
This classic New York bar housed in the cellar of Chelsea Market is mere steps from Milk Studios. You'll find delicious craft cocktails with cheeky names like Pea Diddy, Princess Buttercup and Booty Collins. The space is a trip down nostalgia lane, with reclaimed wood and train rails sourced from the nearby High Line, as well as a knockoff Michelangelo on the ceiling and vintage trunks and books adorning the walls.
For those seeking beverages near Skylight Moynihan Station, you'll want to grab a drink at this rooftop bar with unparalleled views of the Empire State Building and Midtown skyscrapers. With a subtle retro vibe, this watering hole boasts an extensive list of hand-crafted cocktails and creative bar snacks like mac-and-cheese cupcakes. Oh, and there's even a room with a pool table overlooking the Hudson. Swoon.
Post-shows in West Chelsea, be sure to stop into this unassuming spot with serious Southern charm. The well-curated cocktail menu has something for everyone, including a daily punch on tap. If you're in the mood for a bite, the avocado and crab toast and the smoky beef jerky do not disappoint.
Top Of The Standard
If you happen to be catching a show on the High Line, pop into the Top of the Standard, located on the 18th floor of The Standard hotel. You'll be mesmerized by the gilded light fixtures and sexy sunken bar in the center of the room. Beat the mob scene that gathers at the door after 11pm, and catch the view of the sunset from the floor-to-ceiling windows instead.
Hudson Bar And Books
New York's very first cigar bar is an iconic West Village haunt where guests can enjoy a stogie with their Old-Fashioned. The worldly yet whimsical decor makes you feel like you've been invited into an English aristocrat's library, equipped with fully stocked bookshelves, wood paneling and plush sofas.
The Ear Inn
Said to be NYC's oldest bar (built in 1817), it's been a SoHo staple for decades. Before heading to Spring Studios, sip on a cider via the sidewalk seating or belly up and chat with the bartender about this place's many past incarnations: a prohibition speakeasy and a clubhouse for sailors, among others.