Location, location, location makes an after-work soirée at a hotel bar worth the occasional valet hassle. It’s not only easy for your client to go back to his or her room, but most of these bars offer the best venues for deal-making conversations.
The PUB at Doral Arrowood
975 Anderson Hill Rd, Rye Brook (914) 939-5500; doralarrowwood.com
The redesigned PUB is inviting and cozy with a rustic living-room ambience. There’s a new spring menu; revamped drink offerings (as in a larger variety of specialty ales, signature cocktails, martinis, and seasonal drinks); and 15 high def TVs, ideal for bonding over sports.
The MC Lounge at the Marc Charles Steakhouse
94 Business Park Dr, Armonk (914) 273-2700; marccharlessteakhouse.com
Don’t let the Quinta Inn entrance fool you: This is one bar that completely outshines the hotel lobby—as well as its business park location. The draught tasting flights are one way to stir up a conversation here—the beer selection is phenomenal (and even includes a Marc Charles Ale), as is the wine list and specialty cocktails. The bar is large, with a vibe that is both loungey and composed.
The Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester
3 Renaissance Sq, White Plains (914) 946-5500; ritzcarlton.com
Financiers, area gourmands, and knowledgeable tourists fill the cushy seats of the roomy, relaxed Lounge, one of the county’s most refreshing places to sip a seasonal cocktail (we like the mango Mojito), sample artisanal cheeses, and get business done.
Radisson Hotel, 1 Radisson Plz, New Rochelle (914) 576-3700
Formerly known as City Chow House, the newly revamped, ultra-loungey NoMa (North of Manhattan) offers lots of settees for serious conversations as well as a vast list of 50 creatively concocted martinis. For total decompression, stay a while; on Friday and Saturday night, the place turns into a happening nightclub.