Five of the Best: New York Bars for Fashion Week

From re-opened classics to one or two old favourites and a couple of new kids on the block


For the Novelty Factor: The Beatrice Inn

Opened (as if by magic) just in time for New York Fashion Week, this former Paul Sevigny-owned celeb hangout in Greenwich Village has had scenester tongues wagging since Graydon Carter (of Vanity Fair and Waverley Inn heritage) bought it. Before it had even opened, Anna Wintour was hosting Roger Federer’s 31st birthday with a fashion-heavy guest list that included the likes of Diane von Furstenberg, Oscar de la Renta and Vera Wang. A party that's sure to be just one of many over the coming weeks...


For Convenience (and the Views): Le Bain at The Standard Hotel

Obvious, maybe, but obvious for a very good reason. You don’t have a location right around the corner from Milk Studios – with an amazing rooftop bar, to boot – and not expect a significant fashion turnout come New York Fashion Week. (And, sure enough, this year Erin by Erin Fetherston, Katie Gallagher, Houghton, Lucio Castro and Nomia are all showing here.)

The hotel are, of course, far too professional to be anything other than tight-lipped about who’s doing what and when at this point, but we’re banking on a couple of big after parties kicking off. Purple Magazine may well decamp to what’ll surely turn into their New York home from home, Le Baron (see below), for their 20th anniversary issue party, but there’s no reason to think the bar won’t be crammed to the rafters again.


For a Sure Fashion Week Thing: The Rooftop at The Jane, Red Egg and Le Baron

After a couple of years in which every big New York bar opening seemed to coincide with Fashion Week, it’s gone a little quiet on the new nightlife front lately. So it’s pretty much a case of as we were back in February. Except for one interesting new addition – the Rooftop at The Jane hotel. Just around the corner from Milk Studio, it opened in August, has great views and, well, that’s about all you need to know.

Elsewhere, like New York Fashion Week stalwarts Le Bain (and the venue formerly known as the Boom Boom Room) at The Standard, Red Egg, the Electric Room and Le Baron (which is relaunching its Encore Sessions with Lana Del Rey-a-like, Wild Belle) are all likely to be heaving all night every night this week. Alternatively, you just have to keep a very close eye on the movements of the Alexander Wang camp and follow accordingly.

For a Very Well Mixed Drink: Experimental Cocktail Club

This offshoot of the Paris/London cocktail bar (and favourite ELLE hangout) opened back in May this year. With more than half a nod to Death & Co (in the drinks department) and Indochine (on the interiors front), don’t be surprised if its name turns up on the invitations of a few after parties this year.

For a Couple of Team ELLE Favourites: The Bowery, Please Don't Tell & Raines Law Room

Carrie Tyler; Editor, ELLEuk – The Bowery: The bar at The Bowery hotel on Lower East is where Team ELLE have spent many a ‘quick drink’. Its outdoor terrace is a welcome smoker’s paradise and your celebrity neighbours are two a penny. Emma Roberts, Christina Hendricks, Steve Coogan, Charlotte Ronson and the fashion week elite were guests on our last visit. Trouble happens here. Good trouble. (Read our full review of The Bowery.)

Bonnie Rakhit; Market and Merchandising Editor, ELLE – Please Don’t Tell: I stumbled across Please Don’t Tell a few years ago and it’s been kept relatively under the radar since then. It’s quite hard to find, mainly because the entrance is through a phone booth inside a hot dog shop in Alphabet City. Stand in the booth, pick up the phone and ask for ‘Please Don’t Tell’. Once inside it’s decorated like an original New York speakeasy, with wooden floors, wooden panelling, a beautiful tiny oak bar - all very 1930s prohibition era, in other words. It’s tiny, too, so probably the right size for the cast of Bugsy Malone. The only thing is, if you can find it, please don’t tell!

Emily Cronin; News Editor, ELLEuk – Raines Law Room: This hush-hush speakeasy-style bar was named after the law intended to turn New Yorkers off liquor (which instead just made drinking more illicit). And that's exactly the sort of thrilling feeling promoted by the unmarked door, the low, stamped-tin ceilings and the lounge that seems composed only of dark corners. The drinks, which appear shortly after buzzing a waiter to your table, are good, too. All in all, a great spot for slipping off and escaping the fashion melee for the evening.

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