L.E. Travel Tip: The Lobby Bar & Garden at The Ludlow Hotel

Looking for a great spot to hang out comfortably with friends, colleagues, or a date? Be it on a Saturday afternoon, a quick meeting during the week, or before or after dinner? The Lobby Bar & Garden at the Ludlow Hotel is just the spot for the cultivated crowd.

The bar holds several large and often times twisting couches with adjoining coffee tables, chairs, and ottomans, a sizable fire place, and a small bar. The space features a back wall full of nearly floor-to-ceiling windows that let in adequate light during the day. These windows separate the bar from the adjacent outdoor garden which is covered tastefully with corrugated frosted plastic sheets during the winter.

The bar and garden are both beautifully designed and well-suited for the LES. The space is dominated by large modern paintings, exposed brick walls, indirect lighting, and exposed beams of reclaimed wood from which Marshall speakers and uniquely designed circular saw chandeliers hang high above.

Circular saw chandelier from below

I've met friends here for drinks on several occasions and I've always been able to find somewhere comfortable to sit. The outside area is great in the spring, summer, and fall. The inside area is great all year around.

Interior space with the windows and adjoining garden in the background.

The crowd is typically interesting with creative types collaborating on ideas on a Mac or two during "working hours", couples enjoying the intimate space over a couple of drinks or a bottle of champagne, and guests from the hotel grabbing a drink before they head out into the city. The adjoining room features the Dirty French restaurant.