You'll probably need a raise if you plan to hang out often at the bar of the swank Soho Grand Hotel. Its comfy chairs and clubby atmosphere don't come cheap, with pricey martinis served in tumblers and a confidently overpriced selection of appetizers on the menu. The large floor area means that service can be slow even when the lounge isn't busy, although you have to sympathize with the waitresses who clip back and forth in their stiletto boots.
The well-chosen roster of downtempo DJs attracts a crowd of stylish after-work drinkers, who blend seamlessly with the well-heeled hotel guests. Try a superb Grand Margarita (Sauza Commemorativo, Cointreau, fresh lime and OJ) or the Perfect 10 (stoli vanilla, pineapple juice, lemon and lime), and soak in the special-occasion atmosphere that makes it all feel worthwhile.