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April 04, 2015

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?

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What to Drink: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.

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What to Wear: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.

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