NoMad Hotel, 10 West 28th Street, New York City, NY 10001-6403
The eponymous bar of the mid-town Manhattan NoMad hotel now has an established footing at the elite end of the cocktail world. Unlike many international hotel bars, which feel right for a lounging, daytime drink, the NoMad is best as an intimate, nocturnal experience. Dark walls present a dramatic, sultry feel, with soft lighting providing muted illumination to the hotel’s network of bar spaces. The Elephant Bar starts the journey, bringing in golds, greens and dark woods, with the space drifting into the Library, where floor-to-ceiling bookshelves and leather furniture blend for a more intellectual setting, while down a short corridor is a more casual space, with green booths that face a busy arching bar. Under the stewardship of bar director Leo Robitschek, classic cocktails are made with a meticulous attention to detail, but the house mixes – not least the sharing cocktails – reveal the NoMad’s true panache. The cocktail list is served in all of the NoMad’s spaces and, wherever you find yourself in New York’s foremost hotel bar, expect spotless, five-star hospitality.