Situated just steps from Gramercy Park, in the heart of
Manhattan, Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel offers an escape from all that
is modern. Much like the hotel itself, this locals’ favorite
is furnished with a yesteryear-inspired decor replete with velvet, dark wood,
and barely-lit, intimate lights. And while the look is reason enough to don the
sharpest black-tie attire - ladies come in show-stopping evening dresses and
gentlemen sport blazers and jackets - it’s the music that
draws the crowds all week long.
Each Tuesday and Thursday, the bar becomes a hub for trumpet-fueled jazz sounds and speakeasy-style libations. Jazz acts such as Brian Newman (also known for his performances and collaborations with Lady Gaga) come each night between 8 and 10 p.m. Classic songs like ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘That Lady is a Tramp’ blast throughout the night along with jazz iterations of modern songs (think Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ a la Ella Fitzgerald). The room is small and intimate, which gives it a private feel. So intimate in fact, that artists like Brian recognize my friends and me night after night; it’s a treat when it feels like a live band is playing just for you, especially in a big city.
The atmosphere is relaxed but lively, so come prepared to dance between tables and work your way around the room throughout the night – the vibe welcomes a 30 to 40s young professional crowd who’s just there for a good time. Doormen align the front entrance of the bar and there’s a strict guest-list only policy, but stop by just before 10pm, like I always do, for easy access. The music, food and drinks will certainly be worth your while.