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
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.
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.
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.
158 Ludlow St, LES
What You’re Drinking: PBR, probably
It’s Pianos. What more do you want me to say?
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
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.
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
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.
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.
134 Eldridge St, LES
What You’re Drinking: ??????
You’re gonna just have to see it for yourself, trust us.
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.
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
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?
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.
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
240 E 9th St, Noho
What You’re Drinking: Sake
It’s a sake bar. Ya know you love a good sake bar.