Sipping Fine Wines on the Upper East Side

One of the benefits of working on the Upper East Side is the sheer array of luxurious places to relax with a beverage after a satisfying day of business. If you’re looking for somewhere classy to unwind after work or to wine and dine clients and co-workers, we would recommend trying out one these fabulous bars on the Upper East Side:


Bemelman’s Bar
Carlyle Hotel, 35 E 76th St

If you have out of town clients that stay at the Carlyle, it’s quite possible that you’ve already discovered the art deco sanctuary that is Bemelman’s Bar. Not your average hotel watering hole, this classy bar has been the discreet relaxing place of choice for politicians, the business elite and celebrities for over half a century. The décor was given a revamp in 2002, but the 24-carat gold leaf ceiling remains gorgeously intact. Beyond sophisticated.



Il Vino
1728 2nd Ave

Wine enthusiasts looking for a cozy after-work spot to relax with an array of reds and whites from around the world, should look no further than here—especially if your long day has left you ravenous: the food here is exquisite. Split a pizza and a cheese plate with your colleagues and, if you’re feeling particularly extravagant, invest in a bottle of Chateauneuf-du Pape Roquette—you will not be disappointed. There’s also outdoor seating for those warm summer evenings.



Caledonia Scottish Pub – Broken link
1609 2nd Ave

For drinkers who respect and revere the majesty of high-end whiskey and scotch there is no better place to imbibe a warming dram than the Caledonia—a warm and welcoming pub with over 180 single and blended malts on offer. If you’re wondering what whiskey-lovers drink in Japan and Wales, but your schedule is too packed to jump on a plane right now, head here instead. And don’t worry: your non-whiskey enthusiast colleagues will love the cocktail menu.



The Auction House
300 E 89th St

For many of us, at the end of a long, hard day at the office, the last place we want to go to unwind afterwards is an over-crowded, rowdy tavern. What we’d rather do is retire to an elegant study that’s decked out in antiques and rich mahogany furnishings, and draped in red velvet, for a sturdy tumbler of something reviving. Which is why The Auction House exists: it’s like stepping back in time and drinking like your distinguished grandfather did—and we mean that in the best possible way.



Bar Pleiades
The Surrey Hotel, 20 E 76th St

This ultra-chic black and white hotel hotspot makes the list because of its ridiculously fabulous booths—it’s like being in your own private bar-within-a-bar-within-a-noir novel. The servers are attentive and knowledgeable, the cocktails are refreshingly inventive and meticulously put together, and the décor is inspired by Coco Chanel. C’est magnifique!



Author Credit: Written by, Rae Alexandra.

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