Evening Bar
85 W. Broadway
(at Chambers)
More fancy than casual

Dim, quiet, and elegant, with free snacks, Evening Bar at the Smyth is a hotel bar in the classic sense. The room is roughly square, with low chairs and sofas arranged in small groupings, some by a fireplace; at the rear is a handsome bar with eight to ten stools. Along the top of the walls is a mural (shades of Bemelmans Bar, Palio, and the King Cole Bar), said to reference classic New York. It is all wildly seductive, with contemporary music played at a low level and glamorous, flattering lighting (not nearly as dark as it comes off in the photos below). You’re brought water without having to ask, and the aforementioned snacks were olives, cashews, and delicious little potato chips, served in an iconic three-bowl dish. There’s a small food menu, but while you can order a burger, it really isn’t the kind of bar you eat a meal at. Note: Evening Bar—which is run by NoHo Hospitality Group of Locanda Verde and the Smyth’s Little Park restaurant—opens at 6 p.m., and it’s closed Sundays. (But you can always enjoy a beverage in the Smyth’s attractive lobby spaces.)

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