Into the Night

Where to party during New York Fashion Week

Your 9 a.m. breakfast meeting looms ahead, but New York Fashion Week is not the time to fill up on beauty rest. Instead, it's meant to be a double hit of cocktails and cavorting. Here are five places to do just that.

With its rooftop lounge and subterranean Electric Room, the Dream Downtown is a guaranteed after-party epicenter. But the most fun might just be had at Bodega Negra, where in the company of vintage tequila barrels and Spanish guitars, guests sip Spiced Celery Sours (celery-infused mescal, jalapeño syrup, fresh lime juice) alongside pork belly carnitas with house-made chipotle hot sauce.

It's a wee bit west, but you won't find a better cocktail bar around Penn Station 'than Porchlight. Danny Meyer's shrine to Southern-tinged cocktails translates to drinking an icy Julep du Monde (bourbon, chicory, Meletti, vanilla, mole bitters) while holed up on a rocking chair.

The lobby of the Eventi Hotel has grown more animated with the addition of Laurent Tourondel's The Vine. Though the chef's food—and a perch on the Zen patio—are certainly satiating, a Midnight Pisco Sour with cacao nib-chipotle bitters is even more so.

Tucked away in the West Village, April Bloomfield's clubby, British-inspired den, The Spotted Pig, remains a mainstay. Snagging a table is an exercise in patience, but dinner is served until 2 a.m. After one too many Don Felipe cocktails (tequila, Campari, cucumber, lime, chile salt), wee-hours ricotta gnudi is a savior.

One of the city's first speakeasies (and proper cocktail joints), Employees Only, is where to relish well-made refreshing tipples like the Ginger Smash (muddled ginger root, fresh pineapple, rum, maraschino liqueur, fresh lime juice). It's always busy, even until the 4 a.m. close—an enchanted hour when it's still possible to order bacon-wrapped lamb chops.

For more Fashion Week dining recommendations, check out Flavour.