Drinking in New York’s Temple Bar isn’t the only thing worth visiting for. Here, sexy grown-ups engage in actual conversation – sometimes between friends or colleagues, sometimes gazing into a stranger’s eyes – over classic and specialty cocktails, $8 pints of Grolsch, and bar bites ranging from spicy chicken wings to foie gras mousse. The merciful lighting and class act servers lend to the stolen-away vibe – its devotees don’t want you knowing about it – while its impressive selection of gins and vodkas ensure you’ll find a tipple to suit your taste. What makes it so unique is that it’s lively without being a mob scene; it’s private without being sordid. Beware if you are of the rowdy sort: sometimes its polish can come off as pretension, so if you’re looking to make a scene, go elsewhere.