Best Bar Comeback (2008)

Standard

In the last century we saw empires decline and fall, but none have fallen to rise again so swiftly as the STANDARD, a three-year-old boîte initially frequented by smartly clad architects and designers, then overrun with New York-reading Euros who seemed to have gotten lost on the way to Tribeca. Happily, it's outgrown its awkward phase, and the walls (translucent screens magically banded with light) are alive once more with the sound of gimlet glasses clinking and creative types, gay and straight, chitchatting by the glowing red Lucite liquor cabinets. Thank goodness the Standard's back—the Gavin Brown bar is so 1999.

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