29-35 Ninth Avenue , (@ 13th St), New York City, New York, 10014, United States
Tel: +1 212 627 9800
Website: View bar's website
Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-3am; Fri-Sat 11am-4am
Door: Member's & guests
Style: Member's lounge bar
Recommended for: Alfresco
Price guide: High-end
Food: Full menu
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When London's Nick Jones opened this boutique hotel and members club in 2003, it caused something of a stir. The rooftop pool quickly became THE place to be seen parading your tan and designer swimwear.
The Circle bar lies on the top floor of the hotel, next to the restaurant, which is run by a former manager of London's Ivy. Its U-shaped, zinc topped bar juts out into a room floored in herringbone parquet and furnished with enormous brown leather Chesterfield sofas. The glass walls of the wine cellar house some appealing bins, although the quality of cocktails from the short menu varies widely from bartender to bartender.
The clientele today is dominated by West Village professionals relaxing after work, although the odd celeb can still be found. Sound appealing? Then book a hotel room. Or apply for membership, and, if the committee like the cut of your jib, pay up for the annual fee.