NYC’s Ultimate Bar Bucket List

Dead Rabbit

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30 Water St, Lower Manhattan

What You’re Drinking: The Psycho Killer – Redbreast Whiskey, banana & chocolate liqueurs and just a liiiitttlllleee bit of absinthe.


We’ll let the folks of Dead Rabbit do the talking on this one: “Come for the drinks, stay for the drinks. They really are the best.”



Mother of Pearl

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95 Ave A, East Village

What You’re Drinking: The Shark Eye – passion fruit, lemon, maraschino, dry curaçao, bourbon, rye and tiki bitters, whatever those are.


Though truthfully more restaurant than bar, Mother of Pearl has made a name for itself in serving some of the wackiest themed drinks out there.



Employees Only

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510 Hudson St, Greenwich Village

What You’re Drinking: A Mata Hari – Pierre Ferrand 1840, chai-infused Martini Rosso, pomegranate juice, a classic.


A swanky classic hidden away in NYC’s West Village, Employees Only is the speakeasy you NEEEED to find.



Dutch Kills

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27-24 Jackson Ave, Long Island City

What You’re Drinking: Game of Death – Tequila, grapefruit and lime, sugar, Amaro Meletti, soda water, cayenne, smoked sea salt.


Equal parts cozy and cool, Dutch Kills is the cocktail bar you’ve been missing.



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158 Ludlow St, LES

What You’re Drinking: PBR, probably

It’s Pianos. What more do you want me to say?


Angel’s Share

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8 Stuyvesant St, Noho

What You’re Drinking: ?????

A not-so-secret, secret bar in Noho, Angel’s Share is a gorgeous, low-lit watering hole you’ll need to see to believe.


The NoMad Bar

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10 W 28th St, Nomad

What You’re Drinking: Anything, everything, all of it.

The bar inside of the NoMad hotel is, in a word, STUN-NING.


Mr. Purple

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180 Orchard St, LES

What You’re Drinking: A Cabin in the Woods – Hendricks gin, Blackberry, balsamic vinegar, lemon and honey

A New York classic with amazing views of the city, what could be better?


Death & Company

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433 E 6th St, East Village

What You’re Drinking: The Crazy Diamond – Paul Beau VS Cognac, Hazelnut Eau du Vie and sparkling wine

The New York cocktail bar to end all cocktail bars.


Patent Pending

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49 W 27th St, Nomad

What You’re Drinking: Odd Love – rye, Spanish brandy, Patent Coffee, cherry, walnut, absinthe

A brick-lined speakeasy giving off seriously sexy vibes, Patent Pending is date worthy for sure.



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134 Eldridge St, LES

What You’re Drinking: ??????

You’re gonna just have to see it for yourself, trust us.


Ear Inn

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326 Spring St, Tribeca

What You’re Drinking: Prohibition Iced Tea – Tito’s vodka, Saint Germain, iced tea, lemon twist

One of the oldest (and probably most haunted) bars in the city, the Ear Inn is a must for every New Yorker.


Union Pool

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404 Union Ave, Brooklyn

What You’re Drinking:

Chances are you’ve already been to Union Pool (maybe one time too many, in fact) but there’s no denying this hipster watering hole is well deserving of a bucket list spot.


McSorley’s Old Ale House

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15 E 7th St, Noho

What You’re Drinking: McSorley’s Ale, obvi

It’s just a classic, what else do you need to know?



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Pier A Harbor House

What You’re Drinking: The Nacional – Venezuelan rum, banana, apricot, French bitter, yuzu, pineapple, lime

New to the New York bar scene, BlackTail was one of the best little spots to hit the city last year. Get there now before the whole word finds out.


Clover Club

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210 Smith St. Brooklyn

What You’re Drinking: The Clover Club – gin, dry vermouth, lemon, raspberry and egg white

Cocktails and cozy fireplaces. ‘Nuff said.


Snake Bar Decible

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240 E 9th St, Noho

What You’re Drinking: Sake

It’s a sake bar. Ya know you love a good sake bar.


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