The Jane Hotel, located on the far west side of Manhattan’s West Village, has been a super-trendy destination for nightlife as well as lodging since it opened its doors in 2008. The circa-1908 building is renowned for its throwback appeal, looking very much as one might imagine a high-class hotel would have looked 100 years ago, and that continues over to their new rooftop bar, opening Thursday night.
The 70 person-capacity bar, which was a private event space for the past year, will be reservations-only, and there are two distinct sections: the interior (which is the octagonal cupola you can see from street level) looks like a bohemian lounge in colonial India, with peeling plaster on the walls but a gorgeous antique bar, comfortable couches, an antique chandelier, and in a bizarre yet intriguing touch, a taxidermied baboon, in a tux, with a serving tray. The exterior is also comfortable but more modern and no-frills, with ample seating.
The cocktail list features 8 cocktails, including two that aren’t available in the bar downstairs: a lavender and white peach Bellini ($18), and the West Street Sunset ($14), with tequila, raspberry liqueur, orange bitters, soda, and orange juice. Other cocktails include the Hemingway Daiquiri (rum, Luxardo, grapefruit, and lime); The Raja (gin, St. Germain, and orange bitters); and The Punjab (cucumber vidka, limoncello, and cucumber). All cocktails except for the Bellini are $14.
Located right on the Hudson River, there are few places in Manhattan that afford better sunset views, and the reservation policy will make sure that it never gets too crowded. If you want to take in a sunset there this summer, make sure you snag a reservation first: email firstname.lastname@example.org with your time slot request; the bar is open only from 5-10 on Thursdays and Fridays, and From 2-10 on Saturdays and Sundays.