Fashion week is upon us, and as much as we love dodging street style photographers, changing outfits in the uber-cum-dressing, and dashing to a show we’re already late for, it is only human to need to rest and recuperate before tomorrow’s battle. Sure, you can wind down by sitting on the couch, clutching a can of soda while catching up on that documentary that everyone is talking about (or staring at the wall, because—let’s face it—that sounds just as interesting). But why? Whether or not you’re here for the white tents, the city’s nightlife comes alive during NYFW and there are endless opportunities to experience the excitement. From your choice of beverage to the environment in which you enjoy it—this week is all about living and breathing style.
What to drink? Simple. With a history of partnering with the world’s biggest fashion events and a name as delicious as its taste, Peroni Nastro Azzurro is, no wonder, the beverage of choice for the tastemakers and trendsetters this week. As for the location, heed this warning: Choose your watering hole wisely. New York City bars open and close as quickly as models make their way down the runway. But a few stand out as timeless places in which to wind down with the iconic beer. Trust that our list of bars has been carefully curated by in-the-know visitors and savvy locals—and that with it, you can’t go wrong. Ever heard of the saying, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead?”
THE JANE HOTEL
The Jane Hotel, 113 Jane Street
Whether you’re mingling with the city’s most beautiful denizens at the bar or admiring the equally as beautiful view of the Hudson River from the balcony, this West Village bar is an institution. The Jane is as comfortable as it is decadent with its plush velvet couches, soft Persian rugs, and dimly lit Edwardian chandeliers, while the DJ’s carefully chosen beats will have you nodding your head as you easily converse with the person next to you. After a long NYFW day, relax by the fireplace with a crisp brew, or if you’re in the mood for something a little stronger, your choice from a wide selection of craft cocktails.
The Rose Bar, 2 Lexington Avenue
Music-lovers, this one’s for you. On most nights, this stylish Gramercy Park bar hosts intimate performances from guest artists and world-renowned DJ’s—the sounds of which you can enjoy from your perch on the 25-foot-long velvet tufted banquette. Despite its soaring ceilings, dramatic Douglas fir columns, and an almost intimidating rotation of 20th-century master artworks, this bar, you will find, is still the perfect place to take a deep (albeit stylish) breath. So, if you’re looking for a more low-key space to end the NYFW day, take your cue from the like-minded A-listers, fashionistas, and trendsetters who flock to the Rose Bar for excellent music and excellent beer.
The Pierre Hotel, 2 East 61st Street
A flurry of white gloves, live jazz, and pristinely uniformed staff, The Pierre is for a discerning patron. This space is a refreshing change from the millennial-ridden streets of NYFW and is a perfect place to experience the suave glamour that New York City is known for. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself rubbing shoulders with royalty and industry titans in this chic, Art Deco lounge. And if you’re feeling peckish, the small bites match perfectly with the Peroni in your hand. “Only the best for the best” is the motto here.
Dumbo House, 55 Water Street
Soho House’s trendy younger sibling, Dumbo House, is what happens when an exclusive adult playhouse is brought across the bridge to oh-so-cool Brooklyn. Dumbo House is brand-spanking-new and the company has pulled out all the stops for every detail, from the Italian beer selection to the urban chic décor to the DJs. As in Soho, the main feature of this bar has to be its unparalleled terrace views of the East River and Statue of Liberty. But for those who are more interested in what’s happening indoors, Dumbo House is a great place to enjoy drinks and the latest tunes alongside fashion’s biggest names.
Public Hotel, 215 Chrystie Street
Like all of Ian Schrager’s creations, Public and its clientele can be described in three words: stylish, sophisticated, and sexy. Check out the jaw-dropping panoramic view from the rooftop bar, lounge on plush sofas in the dimly lit Diego bar, or catch an avant-garde multimedia performance at the Public Arts space—the choice is yours. However, if you’re looking for a quiet, antisocial, NYFW-free night to cradle your whiskey in peace, then this isn’t the place for you. With Public’s communal setup, delicious selection of brews, and I-can’t-stop-myself-from-dancing music, you will definitely be leaving with new friends.