The wasteland of chain restaurants, dumpy pubs and slum bars in the Times Square vicinity just got a run for their money.  Enter the newly renovated Paramount Hotel Bar, opening to the public next week.

Tucked away on 46th street between 7th and 8th Avenues, this little gem will have you slinging back classic cocktails — like the Gotham Manhattan (made with bourbon, Chambord, and angostura bitters) or the rum and passion fruit Caipirinha — like the movie star you think you deserve to be.  Each decadent libation on the menu sounds more delicious than the next.


With its sexy and sleek lounge feel, black and white décor featuring an oversize photo of Brigitte Bardot and glamorous crystal chandeliers, this tiny hideaway packs a punch that stands up to any of midtown’s best hotel bars.  Pop in for a drink before or after the show and sit back on the lipstick-red mohair banquettes as the all-female DJ lineup spins the coolest house music and funk.

Go the extra mile and book their Entertainment and Couture Suites for that special rendezvous.  On the top floor of the 19-story building, the view of the neighborhood will make you rethink the touristy cliché that Times Square has become.  Once you descend the sweeping Philippe Starck staircase in the lobby and hit the bar, you’ll never believe you once snubbed midtown.

Cheers,  JetSetLeslie

Photos via Overnight New York and Paramount Hotel