Find your comfort and joy this #affiniaholiday season with some of the coziest bars in New York.
Although the fall has been unseasonably warm, winter is coming for New York (and Winterfell). Gone are the days of rooftop bars and mojitos in the waning sunlight. Whether you’re looking to sit by the fireside and sip a warming whiskey, or snuggle up in a library-like atmosphere with a mug of mulled wine, here are the best spots to get cozy in New York this winter.
1. Union Hall
Follow the buzzing, golden glow of the “UH” light to find this Park Slope spot. While the space may be large enough to hold you and all your friends, the wingback chairs flanked by a stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling bookshelves will make you think you’re in the private home of a scholarly relative. There are two floors, with the first playing host to live entertainment, and the second taking the cake for holiday coziness, with a feel that’s been likened to that of a gentlemen’s club.
This hidden Japanese speakeasy is located behind a nondescript door within a restaurant at 8 Stuyvesant Street. The intimate space is perfectly suited for a laid-back date in the dim lighting, where you’ll feel both elegant and relaxed all at the same time. With an undeniably romantic atmosphere and rotating list of specialty cocktails, you’re sure to find something to catch your fancy. Just remember — only groups of four or less are permitted, so you’ll need to keep your guest list small on this holiday outing.
Located in Hell’s Kitchen, Casellula is a lovely little wine and cheese bar that will delight you with its menu as much as with its warm vibe. For the ultimate intersection between coziness and a full belly, grab your favorite friends, and explore both the familiar and the adventurous selections from the 40 cheeses and more than 100 wines available each day. If that’s not a combination that’ll make you forget the snowy storm brewing outside, nothing will.
Snag a seat by the fireplace and enjoy the cozy warmth as you sip on any of the many craft beers. With many hard-to-find imports on the beer list, it’s the perfect place to take your craft brew aficionado friends. To truly get into the holiday spirit, however, try the mulled wine or spiked cider, served up to your table in a piping hot teakettle.
5. Clover Club
Bring a Victorian Era vibe to your Christmas season with a visit to the Clover Club, filled with beautiful tile work, marble tabletops and, of course, a fireplace. The specialty drink is the Improved Whiskey Cocktail, created from rye, maraschino liqueur, bitters and absinthe. A haven from the New York winter, the Clover Club definitely make you both comfortable and joyful.
Wherever you find yourself headed for a drink this holiday season, enjoy the city #affiniaholiday style, with plenty of cozy, Christmas cheer. From hidden bars to favorite spots, New York has something to offer for every winter traveler. And don’t forget to take advantage of our incredible Cyber Monday promotion — book your room between Tuesday, November 22nd and Monday, November 28th at 50% off the usual rate! Just a little gift from us to help you get into the holiday spirit.
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