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Clockwise from top left: The Royalton's Bar 44, Hotel Edison's Rum House, Jimmy at The James Hotel, the Lambs Club bar at The Chatwal

We're hardly barflies, but the city's fabulous, new crop of hotel watering holes has us planning drink dates left and right.

Below, our favorites--plus an excuse to grab a drink at each:

Pre-Theater When the 80-year-old Hotel Edison's original Rum House bar closed last summer, Ward III's master mixologists saved the day, updating the menu of well-crafted classic cocktails. Grab an Old Fashioned (and a live piano performance) before a show, or after.
228 W. 47 St. (between Broadway and Eighth Ave.); 646-490-6924 or

Ladies' Drinks Jimmy, the glass-enclosed rooftop bar at Soho's new James Hotel, boasts some of the best views in town--not to mention swanky Champagne drinks and multiple James Franco sightings. While it can get crowded late, it's a great early evening spot to catch up with a friend.
15 Thompson St. (between Grand and Sixth Ave.); 212-201-9118 or

Business Drinks Midtown's Hotel Chatwal only opened last year, but the Deco decor screams 1930s glamour. We love the sleek Lambs Club mezzanine bar, which is quiet enough for an after-work gathering and serves creative cocktails like the uvirinha (a caipirinha made with muddled grapes).
132 W. 44 St. (between Sixth Ave. and Broadway); 212-997-5262 or

Date Night There's no sign at the swanky Royalton Hotel but, luckily, the address is easy to remember (44 W. 44th St.). The aptly named Bar 44 stretches the length of the dimly lit lobby, and its open fireplaces, sunken leather alcoves and live lounge bands definitely set the mood.
44 W. 44 St. (between Fifth and Sixth aves.); 212-944-8844 or

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