Bonus: The Lodge at Gallow Green

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In the winter, Gallow Green rooftop bar at the McKittrick Hotel is transformed into The Lodge. The warm, cozy space is modeled on Scottish bothies—bare-bones cabins up in the hills where people can camp out for free provided they leave something useful behind for the next guest. Completely surrounded by pine trees, The Lodge takes you mind and body out of New York City. Like Sleep No More, it’s nothing less than a theatrical experience with every single detail thought through, even the layer of dust that sat on the mantle on opening night.

The cabin has a few distinctive seating areas, made up of groupings of worn leather club chairs, cushioned benches, and a rocking chair draped with a blanket in front of the fireplace. There’s a long communal table, bunk beds outfitted with hot water bottles and plaid blankets, and a separate bedroom with a writer’s desk and shelves lined with antique leather bound books.

There is, of course, a bar, tucked into the corner near an old porcelain washbasin. Grab a hot drink, like a steaming mug of mulled wine or a camping cup of rye-spiked cinnamon cider, and settle in. And don’t miss the fire on the outdoor patio or the tent filled (and we mean filled) with sheep skins in a remote corner of the forest. See more photos of The Lodge here.

Next, look back on our previous Top 10 Hidden Bars of NYC Guide for some of the classics, along with a guide to bars that are literally underground.

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