Originally found in the September 2019 issue of Essence

From cool neighborhoods to fashionable sidewalks, if it’s hot, you’ll find it at your fingertips in New York City–cocktails are no exception. All five boroughs are a melting pot of cultures and major destinations on the social drink scene, and giving it’s the final day of NYFW, what better time to grab a drink (or two) in style.

If you’re looking for a few chic options to add to your list, we’ve rounded up a handful of our favorite spots around the city with stunning views, tasty cocktails and vibes cool enough to help you find your next friend, bae or business deal. Enjoy!

Furniture Fete

Fashionistas mob the very trendy RH Rooftop Restaurant in the Meatpacking District. Head to the Wine Terrace for a Chardonnay—and mingle. 

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Going Public

Ian Schrager’s chic PUBLIC Hotel in the Nolita neighborhood attracts models and designers to its Diego Bar for cocktails.

Witches Brew

At Harlem Hops you can sip tasty beers like the Industrial Arts Metric or the Defiant Belgian Tripel.

Pawn Shop

The Lower Eastside’s Beauty & Essex eatery is a faux pawn shop, with free champagne in the ladies’ room.