Bar Hugo
525 Greenwich St.
(bet. Vandam and Spring)
More casual than fancy

Bar Hugo, atop the Hotel Hugo, makes a fantastic spot to take a group—there are nooks aplenty—or anyone who enjoys admiring the city’s skyline. You exit the elevator to face the curved bar, which is in the middle of the room; it has maybe eight stools. But most of the seating is leather chairs and banquettes along the floor-to-ceiling windows, mainly on the east and west sides but also north and south. Being 20 stories up still grants you quite a view in far west Soho. Many of the windows open as doors, and the place must be extremely lovely on days that are the right temperature and not windy. The presence of a DJ set-up could mean that the place gets too fun for some of us. Note: At least part of the outdoor space is now a Cuban-themed bar called Azul on the Rooftop.

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