by Justine Goodman - 81 Reviews - 104 List
The beautiful people hit Mister H, while Hotel Chantelle offers something for every member of the downtown set. We've got the scoop on those, plus more of the best brand-new bars and clubs in New York. Whether it's a tough door in the Meatpacking District or a promising neighborhood pub in Brooklyn, if it's new and it's notable, you can find it here. (Photo: mountainhiker on Flickr)
Updated: July 15, 2011
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This shiny new Williamsburg bar is the brainchild of some New York natives, and it specializes in two of the most important things in life: sandwiches and whiskey. (There's also soup, but that ranks lower on the list of things we care about.)
Who says subterranean cocktail dens are passe? This Chinatown hot spot boasts the backing of a group of nightlife superstars whose credentials include the Boom Boom Room, Surf Lodge, GoldBar and Milk & Honey. The outdoor patio should come in handy if the deep-freeze ever ends.
This Grand Central-area bar attracts an after-work crowd not just with the usual incentives (booze and flat-screen TVs) but also with something far more novel: self-serve brews, in the form of self-pour draft lines located at each booth. A full bar is also available, but for that you'll have to order from a professional.
Art meets booze at this East Village drinking den, where everything--from the bar stools to the light fixtures--is a recycled work of art. But far more unusual than the couch, which is made out of a coffin, is Revision's 25-and-over policy on weekend nights, which is positively thrilling.
A hotel in name only, this downtown hot spot is shaping up to be one of the biggest openings of 2011. Based on a bar in Paris, the elegant space is dotted with red leather banquettes and the menu features a slew offancy cocktails. Eventually, the Hotel Chantelle will add a rooftop restaurant and a basement dance club.
New York meets 1930s Shanghai at this swanky new uber-sleek lounge, housed at the Mondrian Soho hotel. A bright red neon sign assures patrons that ?This is not a brothel,? though maybe if you have to say it with a neon sign, you doth protest too much.