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Best of 1999: Best Cozy Lounge in a Tourist Trap
If you're looking for tourists, a good rule of thumb is to visit any establishment that advertises during the slide show at the movie theater. But the Midtown office workers hanging at Le Bar Bat, the multileveled, self-consciously creepy Disney-gothic (bloodred walls, paintings of bats) mother of late-20th-century theme bars, apparently don't know that - or maybe they are looking for tourists. The $10 admission buys you a viewing of John Waite and Billy Joel record covers and access to two dance floors and a surprisingly cozy lounge. Overheard: "This is awesome." Color of velvet rope: black.