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60’s Redux: Sipping Classic Mai Tai — with an Umbrella! — at the Pierre

When we strolled into the Two E Bar at the Pierre, a glamorous, windowless, black-and-white lounge with silk throw pillows on the banquettes, we never dreamed we’d wind up with a dark orange drink sporting an orchid and a paper umbrella. But atop our black-lacquered cocktail table stood a flier announcing the Two E Tiki Festival. Read more

Sidecars, Cosmos and Harvey Wallbangers: Drinking Up Eight Decades of Cocktails at The Barclay

Sounds like a riff on Long Island Iced Tea, ie mix ½ ounce of everything. But instead of a single drink we’re discussing one from each decade from the 1920s through the 1990s.

This summer the bar at the Barclay Intercontinental New York is serving up a Decades Cocktail Hour, weekdays from 5 pm to 8 pm.

Mondays celebrate the 1920s (Sidecar) and 1930s (French 75). Tuesdays relive the 1940s (Bellini) and 1950s (Harvey Wallbanger). Wednesday, the 1960s, is Vodka Martini night. Thursdays salute the 1970s with Caiparinhas. Fridays usher in the 1980s (Tequila Sunrise) and the 1990s (Cosmopolitan). At $8 a drink, pricing is retro, too, at least for a New York hotel bar. Read more

On the Road: Sipping a Highlands Margarita at the Highlands Inn in Carmel, California

It sounds like a mixed metaphor, but no, we’re talking mixed drinks – one of the coolest drinks I’ve had this summer. Read more

Drinks in Champagne Saucers: The Paramount Hotel Gets a Chic New Bar

As a Paramount fan since its cheap-chic Philippe Starck/Ian Schrager days, I mourned the hotel’s fall into disrepair in the 2000s and cheered its renovation in 2009. But I disagreed with some design decisions. Apparently I wasn’t alone. The renovated Paramount keeps getting tweaked – and better. Read more

Snooze News at the Benjamin Hotel, Just in Time for National Sleep Awareness Week

Wide awake and dressed for sleep.

Wide awake and dressed for sleep.

In case you didn’t know, we just wrapped up National Sleep Awareness Week, which culminated at 2 am on March 13th.   That’s the day we “spring forward” and return to Daylight Savings Time, one hour blearier (but oh, those long evenings). Read more

Crosby Street Hotel’s Monday Night Movies Invites Authors to Introduce Their Favorite Films

As a fan of the Crosby Street Hotel’s Sunday Night Film Club (a club in name only) I perked up when I discovered the hotel’s stylish basement screening room – orange leather chairs, state of the art equipment – had launched a new series.  Planned for four Mondays sprinkled throughout 2011, “Under the Influence: Writers on Film” pairs celluloid with lit, featuring a movie chosen by a prominent writer followed by a discussion with said writer and screenwriter Michael Maren.  A reception with wine and nibbles wraps things up. Read more

Cheers! The Best Hotel Drinks of the 2010 Holiday Season

Christmas 2010 is history, but the holidays roar on. And so does this season’s round of holiday drinks at around town, even if holiday libations at hotels are rare this year.

We found a trio of New York hotel bars that remain in a holiday mood. Read more

To Your Health With The Grand Hyatt New York’s New Craft Cocktails Menu

Cocktails as health drinks? In our dreams.

Still, every day, it seems, another hotel bar announces an ingredients purge.  Out with processed juices, prefab mixes and high fructose corn syrups. In with fresh squeezed juice, mint leaves and sliced fruit. Read more

Sipping Mrs. Lilley’s Pumpkin Pie, The Ultimate Holiday Drink, at the Crosby Street Hotel

Seasonal drinks make some people squirm, but we love them. Give us a pumpkin martini, and we say Thanks(giving)! Stir in a cool story, and it tastes even better. Read more