Escape to a Mountain State-of-Mind at These Lodge-Themed Lounges
New York in the colder months no doubt has its charms. But sometimes, when the rush-hour lack of cabs or freezing river wind has you chilled to the bone, the most desirable thing to do is mitigate the winter woes with a warm, strong drink. For a true escape, these chalet-themed cocktail bars are entirely transportive and downright fun, with drinks that are sure to make everything—aside from just your cheeks—look rosy again.
Baita (200 Fifth Ave.)
Far above the sordid city streets, a taste of the Italian Alps awaits at Baita, a winter pop-up that takes the place of La Birreria, the warmer- month rooftop beer garden atop Mario Batali’s Eataly gourmet food market in the Flatiron District. The glass-enclosed space feels very après-ski with Christmas trees surrounded by people putting their feet up in chairs with heavy blankets, munching on foods traditional to northern Italian villages, and wrapping their hands around warming, wintery drinks.
There’s mulled wine; three house-brewed beers including a coffee-tinged milk stout; and a range of cocktails including Cabin Fever with brandy, honey, and rosemary, and the Alpine Fever of St. Germain, brandy, honey, lemon, and herby Dolin Genepy des Alpes Liquer. Best of all, however, is the Bombardino—a tough find in New York City that hails from northern Lombardia. Made of brandy, egg liqueur, and cinnamon, its name literally means “the bomb.”
230 Fifth (230 Fifth Ave.)
Split between a 20th- oor indoor lounge and outdoor terrace, a size of 8,000 square feet makes 230 Fifth Manhattan’s largest rooftop bar, complete with oor-to-ceiling windows lined by enormous high- backed leather banquettes and a couch that formerly belonged to Karl Lagerfeld. Such large-scale glamor comes as no surprise, considering that it was the brainchild of the late Steven Greenberg, who owned two other famous clubs in the city and an unsurpassable Art Deco furniture collection—which is all to say that 230 Fifth is altogether cool and arguably the best rooftop event space in the city.
In the winter, its terrace becomes a winter wonderland with transparent “igloo” domes that can t 11 people inside, available on a rst-come, rst-serve basis. There are cocktails and bottles and wines galore alongside a list of seven hot drinks, including co ee, cider, tea spiked with a choice of liqueurs, and no less than four di erent hot chocolates that mix in Kahlua, Bailey’s, peppermint schnapps, or pumpkin liqueur. All around, Christmas trees strung with glittering bulbs mimic the skyline—Empire State Building, One World Trade, and Hoboken all in view—twinkling all around.
Maple (157 W. 47th St.)
Looking for a digestif to help digest a Broadway show? Or a bit of booze to cruise you through a chilly Times Square? Head inside the Night Hotel Times Square to Maple, a lodge-themed American bar and restaurant occupying the back of the lobby with plenty of space to stretch out and relax with a drink or two.
The cocktail menu is as standard as can be—a Pimm’s Cup, Manhattan, mojito, margarita—but keep in mind that portions here are American-sized, meaning you’re sure to get a healthy pour. There’s also a two-hour free-flow option for brunch, and a happy hour with cheap beers and cocktails daily from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.—a hidden blessing in this part of town. Full of dark wood, a rustic bar, and a giant ceiling installation of antlers, Maple looks straight from the Rockies, with all the welcoming nonchalance of a drop-in mountain lodge, too.
The Lodge at Gallow Green (530 W. 27th St.)
Atop the McKittrick Hotel, stage to the famous immersive theater production Sleep No More, Gallow Green has become one of Chelsea’s trendiest rooftop watering holes. This is due to the fact that, like the Hotel below, it always seems to be the venue of some sort of production. During the spring and summer, it dons a look of a mid-century European garden with flowered trellises, while during the winter, it becomes The Lodge at Gallow Green, a fanciful vintage watering hole inspired by bothies, or rest cabins in the Scottish highlands.
Drinkers can imbibe on spiked cider and spiced wine from bunk beds while flipping through an old book, or Irish coffee and the signature Maple Toddy under a blanket by the fire pits outside. As with Sleep No More, the space is interactive, with an old writers’ desk and bookshelves full of antique knick-knacks that guests are encouraged to peruse; and on certain nights, concerts and themed parties add an extra incentive to dress up in your seasonal finest and R.S.V.P.
Lodge (318 Grand St., Brooklyn)Throughout the year, anyone pining for summer camp or, more generally, a mountain retreat can head to Lodge in Williamsburg. Inspired by a 19th-century lodge in the Adirondack mountains, Lodge models that ideal down-at-heel mountain comfort, with antler light fixtures, dim lighting, and walls of wood that comes from the forests of its muse mountains.
Fare-wise, most ingredients come from organic farmers and providers that Lodge’s owners have developed longstanding relationships with, and the drink menu, too, is very produce-driven. There is, for example, the Cabin Fire, a classic peach-and-bourbon drink laced with smoked maple syrup, while thyme-blueberry vodka and beet-infused vodka make appearances in the Eastern Standard and Belmar, respectively. Wines and beers, too, often hail from New York or a state nearby.