Best New Club


For years, Maribeth Barabas tended bar at the oh-so-ritzy Velvet Tango Room, so it's no surprise that her new bar, 2527, shows a similar preoccupation with stiff drinks and good service. What is surprising -- and wonderful -- is the bar's energy. The place manages to be gorgeous, but not stuffy, exuding liveliness and elegance in equal measure. The live jazz is always good, and the occasional visit from a Frank Sinatra cover artist doesn't hurt; 2527, clearly, is a bar that understands swing.