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The Chelsea Room:
Like its famous guests throughout the years, subterranean bars have come and gone from the Chelsea Hotel. Once Serena and more recently Star Lounge, the venue is now named The Chelsea Room—the predictability of which might have been lamented by former resident-author-playwright Arthur Miller. To enter, you must first get past suited men with lists, girls with clipboards and numerous bouncers—all of whom are masters of avoiding eye contact and passing instant judgment. If you make it inside, you’ll be greeted by a stripped-down space with brick walls, a brick ceiling, and a varnished wood floor that gives the room that “new bar” smell. The place is comfortably outfitted with leather banquettes, crystal-encased light bulbs...and two full bars—the feature which former resident-poet/heavy-drinker Dylan Thomas would have approved of most. Celebrate your triumphant entry with your $16 cocktail and shake your hips to pop remixes loud enough to rouse the ghost of Sid Vicious victim Nancy Spungen. Just make sure to join the party in case (like others who came before) it eventually checks out!