The Place: W Bar, 1112 Fourth Ave., 264-6000, DOWNTOWN.
All day Wednesday, otherwise daily 4-7 p.m. & 10 p.m.-12 a.m.
The Digs: You needn't be traveling on your company's expense account to enjoy the luxuries of the posh W Hotel. Inside is the W Bar, an intimate lounge with dim lighting and velvet drapes, where hotel visitors (predominantly businessmen and silver foxes) and local drinkers gather in equal number.
The Deal: The regular daily happy hour is slightly on the expensive side, but you certainly get your money's worth--especially on Wednesdays, when happy hour runs all day. Within moments of your arrival, a server will bring out a bowl of complimentary wasabi peas for you to nosh on while you peruse the menu. Signature cocktails ($8) are fanciful concoctions made with fresh squeezed fruit juices and housemade acai and hibiscus-infused syrups. Satiating appetizers ($6) include smoked eggplant salad and chicken kebobs with almond yogurt.
The Verdict: If you want 25-cent wings, this isn't the place for you. But if you adjust your expectations (and willingness to spend) accordingly, you will have a lovely evening and possibly score a number from a George Clooney lookalike. Better still, he'll be staying just upstairs.