The Refinery Hotel is hands down one of my favorite places to visit in Manhattan. When I previously lived in Houston, I stayed at The Refinery once when weekending in New York and loved the entire experience. First of all, their pricing is very competitive when compared to most of Manhattan's other high-end hotels. Also, the rooms are beautiful (I can't get over the bathroom finishes) and the beds are insanely comfortable. The hotel is located in midtown at 38th and 6th Avenue, making it a convenient happy hour spot for New York locals:
I'm always pulling friends to the Refinery's downstairs restaurant and bar, Parker & Quinn, as well as the Refinery Rooftop. Last weekend, I had a friend in town and I thought it'd be fun for us to grab a drink at their third bar, Winnie's Jazz Bar, because I had yet to check it out. It sits right across from the lobby, and when you walk in to the lounge you first see the gorgeous, well-lit bar:
One you walk past the bar, several cozy seating areas are tucked away and illuminated by candlelight. When we visited, the live jazz band made our experience extra intimate and fun. The jazz singer took a liking to one of the girls I was with and basically serenaded her for a few of his songs! The drinks were delish, too. Their menu features a well-edited list of cocktails like the Struggle Buggy: Mezcal, anis, honey, ginger, tamarind, and pineapple.
Also popular is the Refinery's Rooftop bar. During the summer, the space is open and has a breathtaking view of the Empire State Building and the downtown New York skyline: