The lounge that fronts Fearing’s restaurant at the Ritz-Carlton has become the sort of social hub that the city hasn’t seen since the grand old days of Beau Nash. High-livers, low-lifes, well-heeled conventioneers and visiting princelings buzz around the bar and swarm out onto the adjoining patio. Prices are Ritz-y, but pours are generous, and the wines-by-the-glass list usually features a discovery.
Best Meet market (30s and up): Rattlesnake Bar
Since it’s on everyone’s way to everywhere – and it serves alcohol – this is a great place to meet the next ex. Find as many varieties of poor life choices and self-sabotaging, repetitive- pattern relationships as there are brands of firewater behind the bar. The Rattlesnake is cozy enough for that febrile first encounter and bustling enough to mask the final tearful breakup.