Last night for our Friday night drinks we went to both the Peninsula and the Palace. At the Peninsula we decided to give the rooftop bar Salon de Ning a try, and although a third of it is enclosed there were people sitting outside under heaters - I know, so mild for the end of January. The space was super dark and pretty simple and they had created a cluster of framed paintings, however instead of hanging them on the wall as one usually sees they had them hanging on the ceiling. Other than the art it wasn't our scene and left a little to be admires - we really wanted to be in the Private Members University Club next door!
After one drink at the Peninsula we decided to try somewhere else and wound up in the Gilt Bar at the Palace. The interior of the New York Palace is much more stunning than the Peninsula with mosaic vaulted ceilings and gilded details throughout. The actual Gilt bar is a very modern structure in the centre of a classical architectural room with a barrel vaulted ceiling. We really felt like we were in a quintessential New York bar and will for sure go back.