It’s never too early to start planning the most romantic night of the year—Valentine’s Day. Whether in a relationship or not, it’s a day meant to celebrate love in any form. Even if you despise the holiday, February 14 is the best excuse to visit a romantic bar in New York City.
Restaurants and bars are notorious for recognizing the holiday. They have crafted special deals and packages that *usually* take place all week to encourage consumers to bring their dates in. If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate in the Big Apple, you’ve stumbled upon the right place.
Get ready to celebrate love with that special someone at one of these seven romantic bars in NYC.
Thyme Bar (Flatiron)
Visit Flatiron’s chic and sophisticated speakeasy this Valentine’s Day—Thyme Bar. The underground hideaway lounge is in a historic pre-war cellar beneath Patisserie Chanson on 23rd street. When it comes to the cocktail’s taste, aroma, and presentation, they offer an experience. The dark-lit bar offers a pre-fixed menu Tuesday-Saturday making it a great place to take your date—leave the decision to the chef and mixologist. The tasting menu (reservation only) consists of five courses, giving you the ultimate cocktail and food pairing experience.
Nothing Really Matters (Midtown)
If you’re into that “old-school meets new-school” vibe, then Nothing Really Matters will be a favorite. The disco ball in the bar makes for a sexy and fun atmosphere. What was previously a dingy Midtown subway station is now a cocktail bar with everything from classic to modern cocktails. The hidden subway bar is located in the downtown-bound 1 train station at 50th Street and Broadway. It has just enough nooks to make your Valentine’s Day extra special and romantic.
Saint Tuesday (Tribeca)
Located in the sub-cellar of Walker Hotel Tribeca, Saint Tuesday is all about the romance vibes. They play live music every evening, inspired by the immigrant influence on music throughout the years. In 1890, the building was a button factory, so with that in mind, the owners wanted the music to celebrate the shifts in New York City during that time. This neighborhood staple has a cocktail program with an emphasis on classic cocktails made with fresh and high-quality ingredients. Look no further if you’re looking for the perfect date night spot.
Panorama Room (Roosevelt Island)
Perfect for those who love a modern feel, Panorama Room offers a breathtaking view. Located in the Graduate Hotel, this rooftop lounge has floor-to-ceiling windows that give a 360-degree view of New York. The extensive list of cocktails pairs perfectly with the raw bar and chic snacks. Take a seat in the plush pink velvet booths and let the view do the talking.
This dynamic bar pays homage to Manhattan’s Golden Age and its timeless architecture. The antique lighting offers an amber glow that warms the space, giving off a sexy feel. Using a mix of old and modern decor, Valerie has feminine walls of burlesque dancers and dark florals while incorporating a masculine feel with metal and stone features. This romantic bar says, “Valerie’s love language is cocktails.” They offer over 35 libations, an extensive gin list, and several signature cocktails.
GG Tokyo (NoMad)
The Japanese cocktail bar is known for its lively vibe and elevated twist on refined cocktails. The beverage director and head bartender crafted their bar program to give classic cocktails a Japanese twist. What makes this bar even more romantic is the time and detail that went into the design. From painted murals to brass sculptures, it’s anything but boring. Take your Valentine to GG Tokyo to indulge in fancy sushi rolls from the Michelin star chef and exciting cocktails you won’t find anywhere else.
Chez Zou (Midtown)
The newer cocktail lounge comes from the team at Zou Zou and serves up some sexy cocktails and vibes. It’s a Mediterranean-inspired lounge with lush potted plants, bold prints, and jewel tones. The bar director developed the cocktail menu into six categories: Jarras, stiff drinks, shaken, Coladas, highballs, and bubbles. Chez Zou will be the perfect place for V-Day if you or your partner are into cocktails that defy the ordinary.