During the daytime, the Ace Hotel Lobby is filled with people on laptops. After the workday is over, however, people start drinking, and the whole place turns into a big group hang with a DJ. There are lots of couches and comfortable chairs, and it tends to be dark, loud, and just the right level of crowded. Sure, you might wind up drinking next to a bunch of Swedish tourists, but that’s just an opportunity to make friends. Bring a date, or your parents, or stop by when you’re looking for nice bar where you don’t have to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with people and shout for your drinks.
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