Raines Law Room holds the top spot as my favorite lounge these days. I’ve been raving about it so much lately and can’t wait to go back there again!
There are so many things I love and adore about this underground establishment; the bell at your table that rings your server, the plush décor and spaciousness of the entire lounge, the amazingly concocted cocktails that my highly skilled mixologist friend approvingly distinguished as top notch quality, the unusually friendly maitre‘d and waiters, the romantic bathroom!! Perhaps what tops it off is the open kitchen bar at the back of the lounge where fresh fruits and herbs lay abound. I literally felt like I’m in someone’s apartment kitchen! My one and only tiny complain is that the luxurious booths were too huge and somewhat far apart for conservations across the table. But it’s a non-factor and I wouldn’t sweat that at all.
Another interesting thing that I found out, which most people don’t bother to, is what’s behind the name. For history buffs out there, Raines Law was originally established in 1896 to curb liquor consumption via banning the sale of alcoholic beverages on Sunday - except in hotels to hotel guests. Not surprisingly, dozens of "Raines law hotels" cropped up. Well, I think that Raines Law Room is a brilliant name and no lesser than an excellent reincarnation of a raines law hotel!!
Pros: Almost everything from the cocktails to the decor
Cons: No reservations