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rooftop bar at Peninsula-is it cool/hard to get into?

JIMMYMAC079 Apr 6, 2009 12:54 AM

Looking for a cool spot or two for drinks during our trip. My wife is into this kind of rooftop bar scene. Do you recommend it? Is it hard to get into? Any other cool bars and lounges with great ambience/views that you recommend? I have researched the Rainbow Room but it looks like it might be a feat to get into. We are staying at the Waldorf so any close recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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    boopig Apr 7, 2009 01:49 PM

    You might be best served by going elsewhere since the Hotel Peninsula doesn't have really awesome views. I'd check out:\

    Hotel Gaansevort for super trendy
    Dream Hotel for large, beautiful space with many views
    230 Fifth Ave for large beautiful space, lots of attitude
    Empire Hotel for smaller space, gigantic red neon sign

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    1. re: boopig
      eameyer Apr 7, 2009 02:24 PM

      2nd Dream. The bar / lounge is called Ava

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      mch Apr 7, 2009 12:15 PM

      i'll add empire hotel. 230 fifth and plunge are good as well.

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        eameyer Apr 7, 2009 10:24 AM

        I agree with 230 Fifth. Also a big fan of Plunge at the Ganesvort. May be best to go earlier to avoid waiting on line.

        Chow Gal - Is Rose Bar still tough to get into?

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        1. re: eameyer
          Blumie Apr 7, 2009 10:51 AM

          Can non-hotel guests use the pool at the Ganesvort?

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            chow_gal Apr 7, 2009 12:59 PM

            I believe you can pay a fee.

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          chrisbob Apr 6, 2009 07:37 AM

          230 Fifth: good view, expensive drinks, big crowds. What more can you ask for? Take a look: http://www.230-fifth.com/

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            Blumie Apr 6, 2009 07:36 AM

            I recently went to the lobby pool and bar at the Grace (formerly the OT) on W. 45th between 6th and B'way, and it was a blast. Bring your own swim suit or buy a cheap one ($20) from the front desk. They have clean and comfortable rooms to change in. (Note that Monday night is "gay night," although based on my girlfriend and my experience, all are welcome. Kinda reminded me of that great old Saturday Night Live commercial for Schlitz Gay beer!)

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            1. re: Blumie
              chow_gal Apr 7, 2009 01:00 PM

              I had a lot of fun at the OT 2 summers ago. So much fun and not an obnoxious scene at all.

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              chow_gal Apr 6, 2009 05:58 AM

              Not hard at all. Rainbow Room is not hard to get into at all. In fact it recently closed its restaurant. Both Peninsula and Rainbow Room are beat. 60 Thomson is fun. Rose Bar.

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