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  The Ritz Bar & Lounge
  369 West 46th Street  (Between 8th & 9th Avenues)
  212 333 4177 /www.the

  Upstairs lounge, roof garden, dance floor. Always nicely crowded.

   Docked amid  Restaurant Row’s exciting restaurants, clubs, gay bars and post-theater eateries, this nautical-  themed watering hole keeps the Gucci crowd afloat with an inviting half-price happy hour before a younger crowd invades set to a boogie-friendly back room. The array of porch lanterns, stone Buddhas, and faux-marble fountains may feel designer chic, but the wall-to-wall couches encourage semi-horizontal carousing and cruising. When it gets majorly congested on weekends, the upstairs captain’s quarters,a dark, clubby space with a large model schooner near the bar, is a welcome retreat (except during warmer weather when the wedge-shaped outdoor deck sways!) Lively and hip crowd always on hand.

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