You've filed your taxes and finally received your return from what you overpaid the government. While you should probably be saving that money for future expenses, it's always fun to splurge a little of those hard-earned dollars on new jeans, sweets, or drinks. We've discovered five classy bars that are worth the splurge. So raise a glass to tax returns and enjoy a drink - on you!
6 Times Square
New York, NY 10036
The Knickerbocker is New York City's newest hotel and it's certainly splurge-worthy itself with rooms starting at about $460 per night. The restaurants and bars that are part of the hotel are where you're going to want to head. St. Cloud, named for the hotel that originally inhabited the space, is a rooftop bar that offers views of Times Square and New York City beyond. Relax in a corner Sky Pod, take in the stars, and sip on some expensive cocktails all night long. The bar is open on weekends until 2 a.m. It officially opens to the public this spring.
The Dove Parlour
228 Thompson St.
New York, NY 10012
This low-lit romantic spot downtown is the perfect place to go if you're interested in splurging on someone other than just yourself. Known as one of the best cocktail bars in the city, The Dove Parlour delivers in both drinks and atmosphere. With drink names like The Ginger Snap, The Spiced Peach Cobbler, and The Green Fairy, these cocktails will give you sweet dreams all night long. What better way to spend a tax return than on cocktails for someone you love!
8 Stuyvesant St.
New York, NY 10003
If you're craving something with a little more excitement, check out Angel's Share -- a secret bar hidden on the upper floor of a Japanese restaurant. It will likely take you a while to figure out just how to enter the bar, and the restaurant might make you wonder what you're in for. But once you enter, you'll find a whole new world. A speakeasy named one of America's favorite bars, Angel's Share features some creative and tasty drinks that you likely won't find anywhere else. Not inexpensive, the drinks -- and the effort in finding the place -- are worth the splurge.
77 W. Houston St., 2nd floor
New York, NY 10012
Make a night out of the return of your money and take your dressed-up self to the Pegu Club -- you'll be glad you did. Originally an officer's club in Burma, the re-imagined space is now located downtown. Known for their attention to detail and their love of the craft of cocktails, the club simply oozes sophistication and expense. Fresh ingredients are used in crafting drinks daily.
35 E. 76th St.
New York, NY 10021
If you really want to splurge, you might as well get a little more for your money than just fancy drinks. At the Cafe Carlyle, located inside the Carlyle Hotel, you'll get drinks, dinner, and live entertainment -- and you'll certainly pay for it. Possibly one of the classiest spots in town, dinner jackets are requested before you walk into the establishment. This classic cabaret club often features performers like Woody Allen, Sutton Foster, and the Eddy Davis New Orleans jazz band. Bring a date here and she'll probably be quite impressed at your choice of supper spot; you'll both be tapping your feet all night long!
Jennifer Eberhart is a writer, reader, crafter, traveler and New Yorker. She works in midtown New York City for non-profit organizations. Her degrees are in communication studies and art history.You can contact Jennifer on Twitter at @egyptologist. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.
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