There’s something secret-feeling and exclusive about a second-floor bar, even if anyone can walk in. Such is the case at the newly opened The Gordon Bar at the Sixty SoHo, a swanky hotel in New York.
Up a flight of stairs, hang a left, and let the sounds of hushed conversations pull you. You’ll enter into living room-like space designed by the esteemed and innately stylish Tara Bernerd; the look was inspired by classic uptown cocktail dens and the comfort of a home, albeit one belonging to a cultivated aesthete. How many homes do you go to with a massive Helmut Newton monograph on the coffee table?
The pedigree behind the bar is pretty serious. Erik VanderWal, formerly of Pravda, and Francis Harris, of Eleven Madison Park, riff on classics. The must-have here is the Figs & Sage ($17), a bourbon cocktail with xtabentum (an anise-flavored Mexican liqueur), sherry, and fig preserve that's then sharpened by lemon and topped with sage.
When to Go:
The bar opens at 6 p.m., which makes it a perfect stop after a day of shopping.
Take a page from the waitresses, who sport chic LBDs. Rag & Bone, which has an outpost around the corner, has a nice spread, including the fit-and-flare cotton-poly knit Enigma dress in black. Tip: it pairs well with a vintage Chanel belt from the vintage store What Goes Around Comes Around, a block south.