It's girl's night out. Where do you go?
You have specifics. The bar needs to be Instagram-worthy, the booze tasty enough to get you tipsy. And the lighting. Don't even get you started about the lighting. The place needs to be bright enough to take pictures sans flash, but dark enough to "set the mood"—which just so happens to be the extra gossipy one you're in, like, all the time now.
Enter our list. The top 5 places (in our opinion) to get all loosey goosey and schwasty facey.
Duck faces ready? You betta be tastefully snapchattin', gurlfran! The backdrop is just too beautiful not to.
Narcissism? ✓ Inner Diva? ✓✓
Known for their pizza, yes, pizza, Bar Cyrk on 88 Thomas St. is everything old school glam. We're talking chandeliers, elaborate light decorations, and nostalgia at its best. Boardwalk Empire, anyone?
Try: The Cantaro Mezcal (Cucumber Water, Sage Agave, Egg White & Mezcal)
Dear Irving on 55 Irving Place is home to 4 beautiful rooms inspired by Marie Antoinette, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy respectively. Did you know you call waiters at the push of a button? Ya. 'Nuff said.
Try: The Rebel Isle (Aged Demerara Rum, Pineapple, Orgeat, Campari, Lime & Nutmeg)
Probably the classiest on our list, Brandy Library on 25 N. Moore St. has a drinking age of 25 and up. So, maybe this isn't the place to take pictures galore...but hey, it definitely is the most upscale place to unwind. From what we know, they offer both classes and a tasting menu.
Try: The Missionary (Amber Rum, Benedictine, Lime Juice & Cane Syrup)
Raines Law Room
Dear Irving came from the masterminds of Raines Law Room. Located on 48 W. 17th St. and at The William (they have two!) this poppin' speakeasy is very intimate and très très chic. You get in by ringing a doorbell! Oh, and just like Dear Irving, you call your waitress by pulling on a small chain—so that she's not constantly hovering around.
Try: The Arsenic & New Lace (Martin Miller's Westbourne Strength Gin, Lillet, Tempus Fugit Creme de Violette & Pernod Absinthe)
The Campbell Apartment
The Campbell Apartment, hidden among the many nooks and crannies of Grand Central Terminal, was once the private office and salon of 1920's tycoon, John W. Campbell. Restored to it's original splendor, this cocktail lounge is proper attire only. Dark, rich, and opulent. What's not to like?
Try: The Dutch Alexander (Van Gogh Double Espresso Vodka, Borghetti Coffee Liqueur, Blue Chair Bay Rum Cream Liqueur, Fernet Branca & Milk)
While walk-ins are welcomed at all of these bars, we strongly recommend that you make reservations. Otherwise, the wait to get in could be a long one!