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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Hotel Bars Are the Perfect Places to Take a Load Off and Hoist a Few

Posted By on Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 2:42 PM

click to enlarge Cheer station: The Grand Café at Hotel Monaco - EMILY S./YELP
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  • Cheer station: The Grand Café at Hotel Monaco
There are a few things you need to know as you elbow your way through the shoppers, buskers, hawkers, and carolers of Union Square this week. The best gingerbread house is up the hill at the Fairmont. The best shop windows are the silver-on-white diorama miniatures at Tiffany's. The best mug of restorative hot chocolate is at Rulli's right on the square. And if you want something a little more narcotic, opt for a midafternoon cocktail at the Clock Bar at the St. Francis, the Drake's Bar Drake, Grandviews at the Hyatt, or the Grand Café at the Hotel Monaco.

There's no better method for escaping the mishegoss of holiday shopping than by ducking into the warm, restful oasis of a festively bedecked hotel lobby that happens to have a saloon on the premises. Set down your packages, pick your potion (it's Manhattan season!), recline amongst the carols and evergreen, and imbibe. Several establishments are shaking up holiday favorites like eggnog and hot buttered rum right about now, and although they may not do as a regular diet, they're undeniably sweet and warming during these darkling December days and nights. Down a couple and before long you'll be ready to brave the storm, refreshed and renewed.

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