R Lounge 714 7th Ave. 47th & 48th Sts.
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Times Square is one of the world's most popular tourist stops, also making it one of world's most annoying places to stand, walk, talk or breathe. Want to experience the buzz of glamour and lights without the intense feelings of aggression aimed at dawdling Midwestern families? Slip into the Renaissance Hotel’s R Lounge, a 200-capacity cocktail lounge in the heart of it all. Floor-to-ceiling windows will guard you from the blare of police sirens and the wafting smell of burning pretzels while offering breathtaking views of America's favorite square. Cozy up on one of their animal print chairs (come on, this is a hotel bar), and pair a Red Stag Manhattan (Jim Beam White Label bourbon, Red Stag cherry bourbon, sweet vermouth, bitters, $12) with a bite off their bar menu crafted by the Blue Ribbon team. While it may not become your everyday bar, one thing’s for sure...they’re gonna throw one heckuva New Years party—sometimes tourists have all the luck.