To see and be seen, hit the Rose Bar: Review

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If you’ve ever wandered the Gramercy Park Hotel hoping to find that playpen for the rich and beautiful known at the Rose Bar, here is the skinny: arrive before 10pm.

Arrive before 10pm, because after 10pm, the doors to the Rose Bar will be closed and guarded by doormen who will tell you that it’s reservations only. If you get to the hotel before 10pm, however, turn right into the bar in the lobby–this is the Jade Bar. The doors to the Rose Bar are beyond.

Once you’ve made it in, you’ll find the faces of Paris Hilton, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Eminem plastered on the walls of a grand room. The room features deep red tones, large fireplaces, and soaring ceilings, making Rose Bar the perfect atmosphere for an opulent yet intimate evening.

The crowd is eclectic group, ranging from Vetements-clad youths to power suits. And don’t expect to make friends. It’s cliquish and the bartender doesn’t seem too interested in engaging in conversation. The bartenders are, however, attentive and cordial.

The well-stocked bar – yes, we did spot that Louis VIII on the top shelf – makes for a difficult decision when choosing a drink. Our choice? The popular Watermelon Fresca. At $20, it’s a splurge, but you’ve finally made it inside the iconic Rose Bar, so treat yourself. We promise the mix of tequila, fresh watermelon, mint and lime will not disappoint. What to skip? The Rose Bar Margarita. It’s strong, bitter, and leaves an undesirable aftertaste.

Not just thirsty, but hoping to snag a bite as well? You’re in luck. Rumor has it the kitchen stays open until the bars 4am closing time. If you’re in the mood to continue the extravagance, try the caviar or foie gras. However, there are more basic snacks, such as the tomato, basil, and mozzarella flatbread.

For a livelier mood, hit up Rose Bar on the weekend, as it becomes slightly more “lounge” and definitely less “bar.” No one seems to be able to resist the beats of Biggie and Rihanna underneath the hypnotizing disco ball, and by 11 p.m., everyone will be on the dance floor.

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