Dying to be in with the in crowd, or at least have somewhere to show off your new party frock? Strap on your Balenciagas and catwalk over to these fashion-forward bars and lounges to party with the fashionistas and drunkorexics who mean it when their jeans say “Rich and Skinny.” Sip decadent (yet lo-cal, of course) cocktails while debating serious issues like the Nina Garcia-Elle Magazine fallout.
453 W. 17th St. (9th & 10th Aves.)
Meatpacking District 212.242.1111
Assuming you’re on the list to get in—you probably won’t get in otherwise—you might find that this exclusive, overpriced Chelsea club is “1 joke”—but nonetheless, this hotspot attracts rich boys and the models who adore them. Celeb-gawkers come here to crash parties by the likes of Stavros Nachios, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. Just don’t leave your mink coat lying around here—regular Lindsay Lohan has some serious klepto tendencies.
Cellar Bar @ The Bryant Park Hotel
40 W. 40th St. (5th & 6th Aves.)
When fashion week descends on Manhattan, this hotel bar is the place to see and be seen between shows. The rest of the year, only the beautiful and the couture-clad are granted entrance to this high end cocktail den. Prepare to shell out the same amount of cash that you paid for your cocktail dress for a few of the bar’s pricey signature drinks like the Cellar Sling—Bombay gin, homemade lemon sour mix, and candied black cherries.
4 E. 28th St. (5th & Madison Aves.)
Is your catwalk more fierce than those newbies on America’s Next Top Model? Strut your stuff at this headshot-adorned nightclub featuring a long runway down the center for drunken walk-off competitions. Anyone wielding a Blackberry can get past the doorman, so unless your job pays your dry cleaning bill, watch out for the vodka-sloshing Jersey frat boys who frequent this nightclub on weekends.
247 W. 37 St. (7th & 8th Aves.)
Garment District 212.852.4826
By far the hippest bar in the Garment District, Stitch is the after-work watering hole for the fashion set. Stylists and designers congregate here to compare notes and outfits and discuss all that’s too hot to trot in the fashion world. The go-to spot for private events hosted by designers like Rebecca Taylor, this enormous bar and lounge always has something going on—check out its calendar of live music events.
The Dressing Room
75A Orchard St. (Broome & Grand Sts.)
Lower East Side 212.966.7330
While most Lower East Siders stumble around in search of crepes and dumplings when they’ve had one too many, the fashion crowd heads to The Dressing Room to shop ‘til they drop. In addition to a full-service bar, this emerging designer co-op and vintage boutique has a selection of unique garments running the gamut from $3 to $3,000. Spend according your level of alcohol consumption, or try bartering the Manolos off your feet for a one-of-a-kind dress made by a recent FIT grad.
The Hanger Bar
217 E. 3rd St. (Aves. B & C)
East Village 212.228.1030
Spend too much money on couture to afford all those fancy cocktails? The Hanger Bar and boutique understands your priorities—here you can shop for Chanel while enjoying $4 drink specials. Can’t afford to pre-order Halston for fall? Console yourself with “The Halston” at the bar instead, one of the many delectable cocktails named after the icons of fashion and sure to get you fashionably drunk.