Coming to the city, which I pretty frequently do, next Thursday and Friday night, but this time I have the pleasure/burden of several business colleagues of varying degrees of hipness and chowishness. We've got an 8:15 on Thurs. at Esca, so we should miss the theater throng, but will want a nice bar beforehand. [I also have reservations that night at Town and 11 Mad., but I think I'm cancelling those because this isn't really a special-occasion dinner.] We're staying at the W on Lex and could stop at the Royalton or the Paramount for drinks, but would like some alternate suggestions for a nice, pretty trendy bar for a group of 5 ranging in age from 28 to 58. [Friday night I hope to jettison the posse and wait for a spot at Pearls, or perhaps Five Points. Any comment on the latter?] Thanks.